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File Number : AIR 39/3/3 Volume 2 - Parts 1 and 2 

File Title : Reports of UFO’s 

File Timespan : Opened: 1956 - Closed 1979 

File Declassified : September 2010 

Location of Original File : Held at Archives New Zealand 

Access to Original File: Restricted until 2049 

File Contains : Reports of sightings from members of the public and 
military personnel. RNZAF investigation and report into the Kaikoura 
sightings of 1978/9. Summaries of Unusual Aerial Sightings from the 
Australian Department of Defence. Correspondence from / to UFO 
research groups in NZ and requests for UFO information from overseas 



These copied and redacted files of correspondence on Unidentified Flying 
Objects dating from 1952 to 2009 have been Declassified and released to the 
public by the New Zealand Defence Force under the Official Information Act. 

Access to the original files held by Archives New Zealand is restricted up until 
the year 2050 for Personal Privacy reasons. These copied files have had the 
personal details of members of the public making UFO reports removed to 
preserve their privacy. . Personal details of service personnel and civilians 
employed by the New Zealand Defence Force and other Government 
Departments and Agencies have not been removed. No other information 
has been removed or omitted from these files. 


Correspondence on Flying Saucers began in New Zealand Defence Force 
files in 1952 and continued under different names, Unidentified Flying Objects 
(UFO) and Unidentified Aerial Sightings (UAS) until the present. The files 
contain reports of sightings by private individuals and military personnel, 
investigations by Defence and other Government Departments and agencies 
into these reports, newspaper clippings on UFOs and letters from individuals 
who claim to be in touch with alien beings and craft. 

While the files are in general date order from 1952 until the present some file 
periods overlap with one another and the documents within each file are not 
necessarily in strict date order. There can be duplicate documents within 
each file and copies of the same documents (particularly media releases and 
reports) can appear in different files. 


These redacted files are available in hard copy from the Defence Library c/o 
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force Aitken St Wellington. They are 
not available In electronic format. 




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To whom it may concern, 

I am res>€ (fa chine; th? recent pnate of 
pce^siole UiO eight Inga in the view of contci Outing several 
articles to major international science journals an^ ■''’ouln 
be most grateful if you could help me in my ent^uiries: 

L'o you of any sightings directly or indirectly. If po 
could you either supply details of witnesses or actual detailr 
of the s igh t in gs . Wa s t a ere a ny radar c onf irma t i on c f* the 

1 nope that I w ill hear from yc'U. shortly. Trianking you for vou 
assistance in my investigations. 

fours Sincerely, 
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Air 39 / 3/3 

RIIMUTE NO 4/1979 

Air Staff 



As a consequencG of initial adverse media comment about 
Defence*s response to news of the alleged presence of UrO*s off 
the east coast of the South Island on two evenings in December, 
my staff undertook a study of the reported events, and prepared 
a report for me. ) 

2, As you know we have traditionally adopted a *low profile* 
interest in reported UEO sightings, and until 22 December last had 
no special arrangements for responding to them. Thus, my staff, 
(and subsequently myself) were not informed of the reported 
sightings on the night of 2l/22 December, until 1030 hours on 22 

3, At that time, and only because the sightings were observe! 
by more than one SAFE Argosy crew on several occasions, visually am 
on their aircraft radar, and by Wellington Radar, I agreed that 
should similar circumstances be reported again, the RNZAF would 
attempt to put an Orion into the area to accurately observe and 
report on unusual visual, electronic or meteorological phenomena. 1 
CADnOT were informed of the intent, and they arranged for the Air 1 
Staff duty officer to be immediately advised of any future sighting! 

4, In the event, the occurrences of 2l/22 December were 
similarly repeated on the night of 30/Sl December, but because of ; 
an administrative fault, the Wellington radar operators were not 
aware of the Air Staff request to be informed. My staff first 
became aware of the reported sightings of 30/31 December on the 
radio news next day; an opportunity to observe the phenomena was 

5, After the second sightings, and in response to an 
increasingly negative news media coverage, my staff arranged to 
launch an Orion aircraft on the night of 2/3 Oanuary; the purpose 
of the flight was to allay media charges this Ministry was acting 
irresponsibly, and to see whether any light could be thrown on the 
reported sightings using the Orion^s disciplined crew and electronic 
equipments. The sortie accomplished the first objective and drew 
favourable media comment, but added little to our knowledge of the 
reasons for the purported UFO sightings. The Orion captain reached 
the conclusion that the Oapanese squid fleet, associated with the 
early morning rise of Venus were leading clues. 

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6. Because the Prime Minister took a close personal 

interest in uhat went on (he spoke with OCAS twice), and 
specially asked he be informed of Defence*s conclusions to 
the study it was undertaking, I believe he would wish to see 
a copy of the Air Staff report. 

V. The Air Staff reporting officer has interviewed 

the principal persons involved in the purported UFO sightings, 
collaborated with CADMOT, the DSIR and the Meteorological 
Service. I consider his conclusions are valid considering 
the circumstances. Not surprisingly they are similar to 
those of an investigation into the first reported UFO sightings 
of a ’’chain of nine saucer-like objects” over Mt. Rainier, USA, 
in 1947 which proved to be mirages caused by a temperature 

8. Mr M, Collins of the DSIR has prepared a Departmental 
report on the findings of several scientific studies undertaken, 
and which is to be submitted to the Minister of Science in the 
near future. The attached report takes account of the findings 
of the DSIR investigations, copies of which are held in Air 

9. For the reasons given at para 6 I attach copies of 
the Air Staff report for onforwarding to the Minister of Defence 
and the Prime Minister. DPR plans to issue a PR statement next 

10 San 79 




Enclosure ; Copies of Air Staff report. 



Alic 39/5^ 

31 January 1979 

Mi? D,W, Mitchell 
5/36 Rickahy Street 
Croydon Park 
5008 South Australia 

Dear Sir, 

Thank you for your letter to the Coisinanding Officer 
of RNZAF Base Woodhourne concerning information on the recent 
UFO sightings. 

The questions you ask in that letter are similar to 
those asked in letters, to the Civil Aviation Division of the 
’Ministry of 0?ransport who will be replying to you in due course. 

Yours faithfully, 


Squadron Leader i 

i?X?ZAi‘‘ Public Relations Officer r 



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The unidentified radar and visual sightings reported by aircraft and 
the Air Traffic Control radars off the north east coast of the South Island 
recently, are the result of natural but unusual atmospheric phenomena.,.^') 

This is the conclusion arrived at in the Air Force’s just completed 
investigation into the sightings. 

Before arriving at his conclusions, the investigating officer 
interviewed all the principfe witnesses involved in the sightings on the 
nights of 20 and 30 December. He also worked closely with the Department 
of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Civil Aviation Division of the 
Ministry of Transport, and the Meteorological Service. 

His report reveals that during the months of December and early ft) 
January, atmospheric conditions over New Zealand were conducive to freak 
effects on radar and light waves. Also, the planet Venus was rising in the 
eastern sky early in the morning, and at this time of the year is unusually 
bright in appearance. (9 

It was also revealed that for some time the Wellington Air Traffic 
Control radar has been giving spurious returns off the east coast of the 
South Island. R 

Over the period more than 50 Japanese squid boats sailed from 
Wellington to a position 120 miles off Banks Peninsula, 

Not only would the squid boats give a good source of radar return 
whilst in transit to the squid fishing grounds, but they generate a very 
large amount of light when fishing at night. Each boat generates about 
200i;kilowatts of light to attract squid to its lures, and this light source 
cannot be discounted as a cause of some of the visual sightings. 

2 . 

The investigating officer also speculates that lights seen in the 
larence River mouth could have come from trains or vehicles travelling 
long tlie coast, and affected by unusual atmospheric reflections and 
2 fractions, i 

There is no evidence to connect the many radar and visual sightings 

1 the Clarence River and the larger lights seen to the east. \rA 


A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the Ministry was completely 
itisfied there were no unexplained physical objects in the skies at the 
Lme of the sightings. 

The lights were almost certainly from surface or planetary sources 
rfected by atmospheric reflection, refraction and distortion. 

Radar sets are known to be subject to spurious returns , and it was 
-gnificant that on the occasions the large light was being filmed by a 
Revision team on board the Argosy freighter, neither Christchurch or 
illington radars reported any related visual sightings on their screens. 

The spokesman said that the Ministry of Defence was not specifically 
targed with formal responsibility for investigating so-called unidentified 
ying objects in peacetime. However, the Ministry does take an active 
.terest in all such reports and within the limitations of its resources, 
•nducts investigations as necessary. 

Commenting on some media speculation that the country was defenceless 
ainst air tttack, the spokesman said that Mew Zealand did not have 
complex air defence system, comprising sophisticated radar equipment 
d a force of missiles and interceptor aircraft. 

3 . 

j The recently announced Defence Review explains that over the next 
2cade at least, a physical threat to New Zealand’s security, by sea 
I . from the air, is so remote that expenditure of funds on 
jphisticated air defence equipments could not be justified. 

No costing of a comprehensive air defence system: for New Zealand 
id been done, but the Defence spokesman said that the bill would be 
lormous and well beyond current resource levels. 

The Defence spokesman concluded by saying that the Ministry totally 
.scounts the possibility of visits to New Zealand, and particularly 
» the areas of the country where the recent reports have suggested, of 
-ien aircraft or other flying machines. It also categorically discounts 
ly suggestion that air activity of any kind has taken place which poses 
y threat to New Zealand’s security. Defence does not share the view of 
ose who believe we are visited from outer space, or covertly by the air- 
aft or machines of potentially unfriendly nations. 

AIB 59/5/3 






24 January 1979 

Regional Director 
Regional Office 
Ministry of Transport 
PO Box 271^^4 
Upper Willis Street 


enclosed a letter from Mr Darren W, Mitchell 
relating to the anomalous aerial phenomena 
office^^^ Kaikoura region and a covering note from your 

?• As the questions directly concern air traffic control thp 
inquiry is returned for your action* conx;ro±, the 

Yours faithfully^ 

(C.D. COLE) 

Squadron Leader 

RRZAF Public Relations Officer 




Air 39 / 3/3 

niMUTE NO 4/1979 

Air Staff 

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I 0 As a consequence of initial adverse media comment about 

Defence*s response to neus of the alleged presence of UF0*s off 
the east coast of the South Island on two evenings in December, 
my staff undertook a study of the reported events, and prepared 
a report for mso 

2. As you know ue have traditionally adopted a *lou profile^ 

interest in reported UFO sightings, and until 22 December last had 
no special arrangements for responding to them. Thus, my staff, 
(and subsequently myaelf) were not informed of the reported 
sightings on the night of 2l/22 December, until 1030 hours on 22 
December . 

3. At that time, and only because the sightings uere observed 

by more than one SAFE Argosy creu on several occasions, visually and 
on their aircraft radar, and by Wellington Radar, I agreed that 
should similar circumstances be reported again, the RNZAF uould 
attempt to put an Orion into the area to accurately observe and 
report on unusual visual, electronic or meteorological phenomena, 
CADFIOT uere informed of the intent, and they arranged for the Air 
Staff duty officer to be immediately advised of any future sightings. 

4. In the event, the occurrences of 2l/22 December uere 
similarly repeated on the night of 30/31 December, but because of 
an administrative fault, the Wellington radar operators uere not 
auare of the Air Staff request to be informed. fly staff first 
became auare of the reported sightings of 30/31 December on the 
radio neus next day; an opportunity to observe the phenomena uas 

5, After the second sightings, and in response to an 
increasingly negative neus media coverage, my staff arranged to 
launch an Orion aircraft on the night of 2/3 January; the purpose 
of the flight uas to allay media charges this Ministry uas acting 
irresponsibly, and to see uhether any light could be throun on the 
reported sightings using the 0rion*s disciplined creu and electronic 
equipments. The sortie accomplished the first objective and dreu 
favourable media comment, but added little to our knouledge of the 
reasons for the purported UFO sightings. The Orion captain reached 
the conclusion that the Japanese squid fleet, associated uith the 
early morning rise of Venus uere leading clues. 

/6. Because 



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Minister took a olose personal 

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tho nr.inoJ'^? reporting officer has interuiewed 

persons involved in the purported UFO siphtinos 

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Seruice. I consider his conclusions are valid oonsiderino 
the circumstances. Not surprisingly they are similar to ^ 
those of an investigation into the first Sported UFO sightinos 
saucer-like objects" over fit. Rainier USA 
invIrLon'^"' ty a t^mperatur^ 

report on the'^f i prepared a Departmental 

=nS h ttie findings of several scientific studies undertaken 

near fiture® The the Minister of Science in the ’ 

orthe report takes account of the findings 

Staff investigations, copies of uhich are held in Air ® 

the Hir. reasons given at para 6 I attach copies of 

end +h onforuarding to the Minister of Defence 

ueek^^ '^ini®^=er. DPR plans to issue a PR statement next 

18 Jan 79 


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Dear Sir, 

I uish to acknowledge receipt of your letters of 
December and 2 Danuary in which you put forward theories on 
Uro*e. The contents of the letters have been noted. 

Yours faithfully. 

(G.T. Clarke) 

Squadron Leader 

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Thank you for your letter reporting your sighting of an 
unusual object in the Marlborough Sounds last December. Ue 
hawB received no other reports of any unusual activity in that 
area and I am afraid are at a loss to give you an explanation 
as to what it was that you saw. 

Yours faithfully. 

(G.T. Clarke) 

Squadron Leader 

for Director of Public Relations 


Air 59 / 3/5 

11t>i January 1979 



1 , On the nights of 20/21 December 78 30/51 December 

78 Wellington ATC Radar, and the crews of SAPE Argosy aircraft 
(both visually and on radar) made many unidentified sightings 
off the east coast of the South Island. The first sightings rise to much publicity by the media and eventual involvement 
of the HNZ-AF when it wa.s decided to conduct an Orion su.rvft ^ 1 1 j=n.ce 
of the ai’ea on the night of 2/5 January 79* At that time it was 
decided to start a Defence investigation and this report is 
submitted in accordance with DCA.S instructions to provide a report 
on the events surrounding the various sightings, 

2. Air Staff was first advised by Civil Aviation Division 
of Ministry of Transport (CADMOT) of these events mid-morning 21 
December 78* Historically, Defence has adopted a *low profile* 
in connection with reports of unidentified sightings. Thus 
CilDMOT has not normally reported unusual sightings to Defence. 
However, because of the number and nature of reports on the night 
20/21 December 78- the Director of Civil Aviation specifically 
instructed his staff to advise Defence. On the basis of the infor- 
mation received Air Staff decided that should any further similar 
instances occur we would, if possible, carry out an investigation 
by the most apjpropriate aircraft available over the Christmas 
period, CADMOT were advised to contact the Defence Duty Ofiicex’ 

in the event of any more sightings. As it transpired the aiemor- 
anduni from CADIIOT Head Office to the ATC Centre ^vas not delivered, 
thus the events of 50/31 December 78 were not reported to 
Staff until the next day, 

5. Other . Government agencies, notably DSIR and HZ Meteor- 

ological Services, are conducting their own investigations and 
have provided relevant input to this report. The report is 
confined to the events of 21 and 31 December 78. It does not 
take into account the film made by TY1 on 5 January 79 which is 
now being examined by DSIR and will most probably prove to be a 
film of Venus and Jupiter rising. 

4,' Yfhen interviewing witnesses it was pointed out to them 

that this was not a Judicial enquiry/. The credibility of 
witnesses’ statements was taken at face value. However, witnesses 
were not necessarily ixiterviewed separately because it was con- 
sidered that, with a fairly emotive issue such as ’UEOs', corrob- 
oration was best achieved by interviewing observers of the same 
events together. 

/ Events 20/21 . * . 


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»ents 20/21 December 78 (liefer Chart at Annex A) 

5* On 20/21 December 78 there were two SAFE Argosy flights 

from Woodbourne- to Christchurch one of which proceeded to Dunedin 
and terminated, and the other returned to Woodbourne. The first 
aiz'craft departed Woodbourne 210110 KZDT. At 0159 when south- 
bound to Christchurch the aircraft captain was asked by Wellinpcton 
Radar to check the Clarence River area because -Vellington ATC 
was receiving radar returns from there. The crew observed lights 
at low level that could possibly have been off the Clarence River 
mouth but when the aircraft was about 30 miles north the lights 
appeared to go out or disappear. During this period Christchurch 
v.»as visible and the sky was clear. Later in the morning (0406) 
when the aircraft was northbound the crev; was again requested to 
check the area because Wellington Radar was again picking up radar 
returns in that vicinity. The aircraft crew confirmed ohat lights 
were visible to seaward and the crew got the impression of the 
lights making recta.ngular patterns at irregular frequency. The 
lights had a beam appearance rather than .a point source appearance 
and seemed to turn away rather than turn off. One light appeared 
to illuminate the surface of the water and the aircraft captain - 
assesses that the source of the light could have been at about 
1,000 feet. However, it is the reporting officer's opinion that 
from the aircraft's height (14,000 feet) it would not be possible 
to Judge accurately the height of lights below^ the aircraft. 

One possibility is that the aircraft captain was observing lights 
from cars or trains because the main road and railway run parallel 
and very close to the coast for some miles in this area. ^However, 
the aircraft captain considers that the sightings could have been 
produced by four, or five helicopters and the whole thing was 'quite 
undramatic'' The likelihood of such extensive aeronautical 
activity has not been confirmed by any reports received from the 
Police or local inhabitants. In fact, no reports have been 
received and the Police do not have any interest in the area. 

6. The second aircraft, which departed vVoodbcurne at 031 5 1 

was also asked by Wellington Radar to look at the Clarence River 
mouth area because Wellington was picking up radar retux'ns there. 
That aircraft crew did not observe anything in the region either 
visually or on radar, ^ 

7. Subsequent investigations and scientific observation 
carried out by DSIR proves conclusively (in the reporting officer's 
opinion) that Wellington SHE Radar does give anomalous radar 
returns off the east coast off the South^^Island. This was proved 
by DSIR observation of the Wellington radar 8/9 January 79 and 
taking a series of photographs of the radar presentation throughout 
the night. ^ Concurrently three field parties were stationed at 
vantage points along the east coast with radio communications to 
the Radar Control Centre. On several occasions during the ni,ght 
when many large returns were painting on V/ellington Radar the 
observers on the coast could see nothing either in the air or on 
the sea in the positions passed to them by the Radar Controller. 



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Furthermore, from discussions with two or three controllers it 
is evident that the Wellington SEE has for several months been 
giving anomalous radar I'e turns in the Clarence area and south 
of ?/ellington. It is possible that this could be caused by 
a modification that was recently made to the radar head at 
Wellington depressing it one- degree. ISIE scientists are following 
up this possibility and their findings should be available in due 

8. Thei'e is no evidence to suggest that there was any 
clandestine activity in the vicinity of the Clarence River mouth. 

It is possible however that surface vessels could have been in 
the area with or without navigation lights but it is doubtful 
that such vessels could have given rise to the visual observation 
made by the aircraft crew, The fact that Wellington Radar 'keyed' 
both aircraft captains to look for objects in the Clarence area 
might well have induced observations from the air which might or 
might not have been related to the Wellington Radar returns ^ 

9. From information supplied by DSIR, the I'TZ Meteorological 
Services, and astronomers, it is evident that during this period, 
and indeed for the last month or so, atmospheric conditions have' 
been conducive to freak propogation of radio and light v;aves. 

Thus it is possible that the lights observed by the aircraft c apt air 
could have been produced by ships lights reflected or refracted 
from afar. Such anomalous propogation (ducting) could also give 
rise to spurious radar returns. Note: The reporting officer has 

just received (1155 RZ-RT) a report from Auckland that ATC has 
issued a ROTAM that Auckland Radar is giving spurious returns caused 
by atmospheric conditions. 

10. During the period that the Wellington Radar Controller 
was in dialogue with the aircraft captains about radar returns in 
the Clarence area the radar was also tracking a steady i-'etiirn on 
a track of 140^(M) which started at Wellington, proceeded to 30 
miles and then, with less consistent radar returns, tracked out to 
60 miles where it became stationary for 55 minutes. It then moved 
west and appeared to 'track' the second southbound Argosy at about 
0328. The Wellington Radar Controller alerted the captain that 
there was a strong radar return about 25 miles to the port of the 
aircraft. The aircraft crew observed on that bearing a very bright 
light which they variously describe as a bright orb, pear shaped 
v/ith a reddish tinge that then turned white. From the aircraft 
the object appeared to be stationary by visual observation but by 
the aii^craft radar appeared to track the aircraft. The light 
appeared to be very close - less than ten miles. Although the 
aircraft radar return and the visual observation of the light were 
on more or less the same bearing the crew cannot confirm 'chat the 
range was coincident. It is significant that within a few minutes 
of the crew's observation, Venus was rising on a bearing that 
coincided with their visual observation. DSIR optics, physics, 
and meteorological experts have confirmed that prevailing atinos- 
Xfneric conditions might well have produced most unusual but not 
unknown phenomena that could have made Vernas appear large, bright 
and orange. There is a plethora of astronomical information that 
describes this phenomenon. Thus it is highly probable that the 
aircrew’s observation was an unu s ua 1 vie w o f Ve nu s . 

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11. The radar returns observed on the aircraft radar might 

have' been caused by a natural return by a ship or perhaps could 
have been anomalous returns caused by the prevailing atmospheric 
conditions. During the period 19-28 December 7S some 50 
Japanese squid boats sailed from vVellington to the area of the 
Mernoo Bank (120 miles east of Banks Peninsula). These vessels 
departed Wellington in groups of about 10 and their track to 
their fishing grounds is almost identical to the radar track 
plotted by Wellington radar. there is no conclusive proof 

that these vessels could have caused the fairly steady trace 
observed by V/ellington it is a fact that during the period of all 
these observations there was no shortage of shipping in the area. 
Furthermore, once in position and fishing, the squid fleet would 
have produced an intense light source which coupled with prevailing 
meteorological conditions could have been responsible for many and 
varied reflected or refracted light images. (Each boat puts out 
about 200kw of light.) 

12. A further observation (whdch has not been reported by 
the media) ivas made by the crew of this the same Argosy when, the 
aircraft 'was some 50 miles north east of Christchurch. The 
captain observed five consecutive blips on the aircraft radar v/hich 
over a period of five seconds traced a pattern towards the aircraft 
and then veered off very sharply to its port. Simultaneously the 
co-pilot observed a flashing white light (which looked like a 
strobe light) describing the same sort of path. For tbs brief 
period that the returns were received on radar the ob^ject must 
have been travelling at about 10,80CmphI This sighting, above 

all others during the night, caused the crew considerable consterna- 
tion! It is possible that such a phenomenon could be produced 
by a meteor 'which are not unknown at this time of theyear. A 
further possible explanation could be that the effect was caused 
by a ‘double bounce' radar contact produced by ducting. it is 
note -worthy that an RI\'ZAF Orion crossing Cape Palliser on 9 January 
78 at 1652 ITZDT observed a radar contact at 15 miles moving fast 
tov/ards the aircraft. There was no cloud and no surface contacts 
visible. The radar return crossed the aircraft's track one mile 
ahead, but there 'was no visual sighting. The closing speed was 
calculated at 1 ,000mph thus the object itself 'was travelling at 
some 650 mph. OPHQ staffs have the possibilities and 
assess that the radar return could have been of an object 200 
- miles north of NZ (perhaps cloud) with freak propogation giving 
rise to the radar observation made in the aircraft. But for 
knowing that a Defence eno’airy was under way OPHQ would not norma ll;j 
have considered it necessary to pass on this information. 

15* A further sighting on the 20/21 December 78 was made by 

the Orderly Officer and Duty Air Traffic Controller at RNZAF Base 
Woodbourne. A.t 2550 the Orderly Officer saw what he considered 
to be three lights of a Bristol Freighter three to four miles 
from Woodbourne. However, as no aircraft could be heard and the 
lights did not appear to get any closer he checked through binoc- 
ulars and determined that the lights appeared to be going towards 
Wellington. Of the thi'ee lights the middle one appeared as a 
white beam pointing north’.vard. The lights appeared to move upward 

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and around in a rectangular pattern but at random speed. He 
observed the lights for about 50 minutes.. ^ The bearing from 
Woodbourne v,»as about 030 (M) , i.e., towards Cape Campbell. 

At one stage the lights appeared to ’rush forward' but generally 
over the period seemed to move northward and eventually fade <, 

In comparative terms the observer considered that the lights' 
pattern looked like somebody 'spotlighting'. Tne luty Air 
Traffic Controller observed the same lights from the control 
tower balcony, Kis impression was that the lights comprised 
one bright orange light and two less intense white lights. The 
large light appeared to remain stationary while the other two 
seemed to move north. A shaft of light periodigally appeared 
to 'beam down' from the white lights at about 40 in a northerly 
direction. Using binoculars apparently had no enlarging effect 
on the lights: This could indicate that the lights were at 

a great distance from the observer and not in Cook Strait as he 
imagined. This thesis is supported by the fact that on checking 
with ^.Vellington Radar the Woodbourne observer was ad.vised that 
the radar was painting five targets in the Clarence area but no 
mention was made of any returns in Qook Strait. It is highly 
improbable that the radar returns and the visual observations \^;ers 
in^ any way connected. 

14. The reporting officer awaits a copy of the taped conver- 
sation between the Wellington Radar Controller, the aircraft and 
the Woodbourne observer and in addition the Woodbourne observer 

is preparing a sketch map showing bearings, etCj, in more detaxl. 

When these two pieces of evidence are available they may shed 
more light on the occurrence! 


15 . It is the reporting officer's opinion that almost all 
the sightings made 20/21 December 78 can be explained by natural 
but unusual phenomena. There were atmospheric conditions that 
could have nroduced unusual visual and radar returns. There 

is no doubt* that Wellington 3RS was (and still is) giving spurious 
radar returns in the area under surveillance. With some of the 
visual sightings of 'beams' of light it is only possible to 
speculate on possible causes. On** going investigation by D51R 
scientists and the reporting officer may help to clarify this 
in due course. Perhaps the most difficult aspect to explain 
away is the apparent concern - even apprehension - of the aircrews 
involved in the sightings. At present they do not seem to be 
prepared to accept the fact that they might have observed Venus. 
Thankfully, however, neither do they believe that they saw a visitor 
from outer space! Perhaps when more scientific evidence is 
gathered their minds will be set at rest. 

lA^^ents 30/51 December 73 (Refer Chart at Annex B) 

16. On 50/51 December 78 an Argosy on a routine flight (out 
carrying the TV crew that made the film shown on Australian TV) 
departed Wellington at 2546 to proceed Clirist church and then 




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return to Y/ood’bourne. 

17 . At 0015 while climbing to 14,000 feet the aircraft 
crew observed four to five lights close to the surface near the 
coast of the Kaikcura Peninsula (pos'-'^ibl.y in the Clarence River 
area but the crew were not sure and did not confirm with their 
radar). On checking with ’.Vellington ATC the crew were advised 
that Wellington Radar had contacts 13 miles ahead of the aircraft 
(these would have been off Clarence). The crew observed a 
pulsing type of white light that looked like a helicopter search 
light zooming on to the beach somewhere north of the Kaikoura 
Peninsula. Again, it is difficult to explain the lights, short 
of them being some anomalous type of reflection or refraction, 
carsg or trains. However it is most probable that the Wellington 
Radar returns were spurious. 

18. At 0018 when the aircraft was about 10 miles north of 

the Clarence River mouth, Wellington Radar advised the crew 
that there was a strong radar return behind them. They orbited 
and sav-/ nothings This v.Jas almost certainly a spurious radar 

19 . At 0042 when the aircraft^ was about 10 miles '‘northeast 
of Ivlotunau Island, Wellington Radar advised the crew that there 
was a large radar target behind the aircraft that appeared on 
the radar screen as a blip larger than the aircraft return and 
appeared to be tracking the Argosy. The aircraft captain carried 
out a left orbit but neither he nor the first officer saw anything. 
The crew did not refer to the aircraft radar and Ghristcbiarch 
radar was not operating for ATC purposes at the time. 

•20. Just before crossing the coast near Woodend the crew 

observed a white light on the starboard side of the aircraft and 
Christchurch Radar advised that there was a target at three-o’clock 
to the aircraft that ’moved off’ when the aircraft was about 
1.5 miles from touch down. No reports have been received from 
inhabitants of the area of any unusual lights or aeronautical 
activity. Thus, again, the natural explanation is that the light 
and radar return were spurious^ possibly caused by some sort of 
anomalous propogation. 

21. It is interesting to note that while taxiing to disp>ersal 
both the aircrew on the Argosy and the ATC officers in the control 
tower observed lights to the right of Sugar Loaf Hill w’hich seemed 
to have the same pulsating characteristics as the lights observed 
earlier during the flight. The bearing of these lights would 
almost certainly coincide with the bearing of the squid fleet from 
Christchurch and if the lights could be proved to be refracted 

or reflected returns from the squid vessels much of the mystery 
would be solved I 

22. At 0216 the aircraft departed Christchurch on the 055 
radial. Ylien overhead Woodend both crew members observed a 
large white light to the northeast. They also observed on the 
aircraft radar a very large target at 18 miles from the aircraft. 
The crew cannot be positive that the light and the radar retui'n 
were coincident but that was the appearance that they gave. 

Slightly before these observations the first officer had noticed 
through thin cloud a light which he describes as having the 




appearance of a sqnaslied orange. Eventually this light became 
fully visible and measured against the thumb at arms length 
appeared to be about two inches long, that is, a very large 
source of light. The crew observed this light for some minutes 
while cruising at 15,000 feet. Between 35 and 40 miles from . 
Christchurch the aircraft captain, of his own volition, turned 
towards the light. This necessitated a 90^ turn onto a heading 
of about 125 at about 25 bank. The aircraft speed was 215 
knots. The image on the aircraft radar moved to 10 miles from 
the aircraft but the crew cannot say whether this was due to 
their velocity or the movement of the radar return. The radar 
image then stayed in the same relative position to the aircraft 
for a few minutes (as if it were 'backing up’ at the aircraft’s 
speed). At this stage the large light appeared to go above, 
behind, and below the aircraft as the captain turned left to 
regain track and avoid further ’confrontation' with the oboectl 
This series of events occurred over a time frame of about 20 
minutes. Throughout, Christchurch radar was working but reported 
nothing. Wellington Radar had been observing the aircraft during 
the period but did not report any unidentified radar contact in 
that area. 

23* The visual observation made by the crew is consistent 

with an unusual view of Venus. The bearing of the observation 

coincides with the point at which Venus would have been visible. 
However, this observation was made at about 0225 and Venus did 
not rise until about 0328. Nevertheless, DSIR scientists have 
advised that with super refraction it would be possible to see 
the planet some time before it's actual rising and if it were 
seen it would have the appearance that the crew described. The 
last effect of the light passing above, below and behind the 
aircraft could be explained by an astronomical phenomenon known 
as the 'troublesome layer'. In the prevailing conditions with 
a marked inversion above about 10,000 feet, and fairly strong 
westerly winds with standing waves on the leeward side of the 
Alps the inversion layer can take on a marked wave form. Thus 
at the time that the light performed its convolutions aroimd 
the aircraft it is possible that the aircraft was passing from 
one side of the inversion layer to the other. The fact that 
the light was no longer visible tends to support this thesis and 
it is most probable that the aircraft's radar return was spurious 
or of a ship, in view of the lack of confirmation of any other 
targets in the area by the Wellington Radar. 

24. As the aircraft approached Kaikoura two or three radar 

contacts were noted on the aircraft radar at about ten o'clock 
position. These would be consistent with the radar returns 
V/ellington had noted in the Clarence area for most of the night - 
and were almost certainly spurious. 

25* Approaching Cape Campbell the aircraft captain observed 

what he thought was a fishing fleet off Cape Palliser. These 

might well have been part of the squid fleet enroute south. 

26. As the aircraft tuiued towards Blenheim the first officer 

observed 7;hat appeared to be orange lights in the Nelson Bay area 
which appeared to move across the sounds towards Picton. No 
explanation can be offered for this observation but it has not 

RESTRICTED /been confirmed 

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been confirmed by any sightings made from the ground, The 
aircraft landed at Blenheim at 0315* 


27 . The foregoing report has been compiled after interviews 
with most of the principle witnesses involved with the sightings 
20/21 and 30/31 December 1978, The SAFE pilots were most help- 
ful to the reporting officer in the very frank manner in which 
they related their experiences and the time they spent in inter- 
view, It is considered that the reporting officer should, as 
soon as possible, informally debrief the SA.FE aircrew involved 

on the general tenor of the findings to date, 

28. It is evident that because of the interest over these 
sightings reports will continue to come in from various sources 
and on-going investigations by DSIF and meteorological officers 
will probably serve to correlate much of the information. 
Nevertheless, it is considered that Defence should issue a PR 
statement fairly soon in order to tone down much of the wild 
speculation that has existed over recent weeks. 

29 . In summary the reporting officer has made the following 
findings : 

a. During the period of the observations, and indeed 
now, atmospheric conditions over NZ are conducive 
to freak propogation of radio and light v;aves, 

b. Venus was rising in the eastern sky and at this 
time of the year is unusually bright in appearance, 

c. Wellington Radar has been giving spurious indica- 
tions off the east coast of the South Island for 
some time but over recent weeks anomalous returns 
seem to have been more prevalent. 

d. During the period an unusually large number of 
vessels (the squid fleet) sailed from Wellington, 
often at night, to position off Banks Peninsula. 

Rot only would these vessels provide a good source 
for radar returns but the lights that they use 
when fishing could explain some of the visual 
sightings of unusual lights. 

e. The reporting officer speculates that the observa- 
tion of lights in the Clarence area might have 
been caused by trains or cars. 

f. The reporting officer is of the opinion that 
the large number of unusual occurrences on 

/the nights 



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the nights in question made some aircrew and 
air traffic controllers particularly respon- 
sive to the various sightings. 

g. .There is no connection between the many sightings 
' in the Clarence area and the larger lights seen 

to the east (and which were the subject of the 
much publicised TV films), 

h. Almost all the sightings can be explained by 
natural but unusual phenomena. The few for 
which the evidence to date in inconclusive may 
well be explained in due course when current 
investigations are completed. 


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investigations for your Certificate in Commerce project. 

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We have obtained some papers on unusual aerial sightings 
in Australia and on the presumption that investigation of 
such sightings in New Zealand is one of your responsibilities are 
forwarding them to you. 

2 . As advised in the attached draft letter, the RAAF is 
responsible for investigating sightings in Australia and although 
this activity is very much a secondary responsibility it is 
done in some detail (see report attached). In addition, the 
RAAF prepares and distributes to interested organisations, an 
annual summary of sightings (copies of the 1975 and 1974 summaries 
are attached). 

Enclosures (4) 


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Group captain 
Deputy Head 

The investigation of reports of unusual aerial sightings in 
Australia is carried out by the Royal Australian Air Force- Preliminary 
investigation of the reports is conducted at the nearest Royal Australian 
Air Force base. The reports are then forwarded to the Department of 
Defence (Air Office) where an investigating team completes the investigation. 

Betvreen January I960 and December 1973 815 sightings were reported 
to the Royal Australian Air Force. 90 per cent of the sightings were 
attributed to causes which included aircraft, satellites, meteors, space 
debris re-entry, meteorological balloons, stars and planets. Seven per cent 
of reports were either received too late or did not provide sufficient 
i3iformation to permit proper analysis and evaluation. Three per cent of 
reports were attributed to unlmown causes. 

The United Kingdom Air Jlinistry has stated that on an average, 

90 per cent of the sightings it investigates are explainable by causes ranging 
from meteorological balloons and meteors to aircraft lights. The other 
10 per cent probably remain unexplained because of lack of reliable information. 

The University of Colorado, under contract to the USAF, spent 
two years processing and investigating all American reports. The findings 
were published in 1968, by Bantam Books, as the » Condon Report*. The general 
conclusion was that 'nothing has come from the study of UFOs in the past 
21 years that has added to scientific knowledge' and that 'further extensive 
s^dy of UFOs probably cannot be justified in the expectation that science 
will be advanced thereby' . A panel of eminent scientists, chosen by the US 
National Academy of Sciences, has examined and endorsed the Condon Report. 

The USAF 'Project Blue Book' investigation of unidentified aerial 
objects between 1953 and 1965 analysed 7,641 UFO reports. The conclusions 

/a. 80 per cent 

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a, 80 per cent of sightings were natural phenomena, 
hoaxes, birds or man-made objects; 

b, 17 per cent of sittings provided insufficient data 
to permit thorough analysis and evaluation; and 

c, three per cent were unidentified. 

United States and- Soviet space exploration -has found no- evidence 

to support the theory of life on planets in our solar system, The Mariner 
series of space exploration to Mars appears to have proved it a 'dead^ planet. 
The only other source of extra-terrestrial life, therefore, would have to be 
in another solar system. The nearest visible star to Earth is Alpha Centauri 
which is about 25 million million miles away. Even if life forms existed 
there and vjere capable of space travel at speeds currently known to man ie about 
25,000 mph they would take about 115,000 years to reach Earth. Consequently, 
the probabilitj’- of extra-terrestrial life forms visiting Earth is extremely 
remote , 

Enclosed arc five summaries of unusual aerial sightings for the 
period January I960 to December 1973. 



Part 1 - Report “by 0~!?server 

name of ol)server Age 


State Post Code 


Telephone Ho<, (home) (business) 

a* lixact loca.tion of observer 

b. ObseTr/er's fajidliarity v/itli the location 

Start of observation: Date 



End of observation ; Date 



Accuracy of date 


Genera.1 v/eather conditions of time 
wind, visibility etc. 

of observation. 

referring to cloud. 

a. In what direction was the sighting 

b. At what angle to the horizon? 

first obser'ved? 
90 ° 

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Top. 0° 



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In vjhat direction \ia.& the sighting last observed? 



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Estimate of distance and/or altitude from observer 

How were the answers to questions 6, ? and 8 assessed, and \/ere aids 
or eq-aipment used during the sighting? 

/10. Describe 

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speed _______________ 

io method of propulsion 

jo manner of disappearance 

a. Narrative description of the ing and axij unusual 

features or additional comments _____ 

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b* Diagram or sketch of sighting (if possible) 

Have you any -piiotographs of the sighting, or is there any phj'-sical 
evidence of fragments, scorching or ground indentations? 

Hovj many other witnesses vrere there to the sighting? 
(Please rirovide names and addresses if possible) 

Have you previously made any reports to official authorities or uFO 
organisations regarding imusual aerial sightings? If so, give 
brief deta^ils of dates and circiimstances- 



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9 August 1976 


Dear Madam, 

Thank you Tor your letter of 27 July I976, about the 
possible sighting of a UFO by yourself and friends on 
23 April last* 

I confirm that your telephone call to this Ministry 
is recorded in the duty officer’s log for the day in question, 
as is also hia return call during which he asked you to inform 
the Air Traffic Control Centre at Wellington Airport. 

In response to your request for further information, ray 
exuiulries show that the incident which you reported was not 
subsequently confirmed by any further sightings either to the 
Ministry of Defence ox* the Air Traffic Control Centre. It 
was considered, therefore, that further investl^tlon was not 

Yours faithi'uliy. 


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Date- /> Wi' 

TV2 Dacu^f}£:^^ARY - uro’s - 


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1. TV2 are currently running a two part programme on Unidentified 
Flying Objects. The second part of this programme is to be 
screened this Sunday evening. As well as approaching the Ffiinister 
of Defence for an interview on the Defence position regarding the 
handling of sighting reports, Louise Joyce sought a Defence spokes- 
man to be interviewed along very similar lines. It is not now 
intended that such a spokesman be made available. 

2. It is appropriate to note that over the years all enquiries 
regarding the results of sighting reports have been answered with 
a stock reply - often a rather fatuous one such as "The Mew 
Zealand Government has never stated an official or unofficial 
policy regarding the appearances of UFD*s. A policy on this 
subject has never been warranted”. Although the stock answer has 
been modified over recent years a strong suspicion exists among 
those interested in the subject that Defence has investigated the 
phenomena and has found information which it insists on keeping 
from the public. Remarks from correspondents such as '*it is 
becoming increasingly obvious of late that the truth surrounding 
the activity of these objects is being withheld? a policy which 
is lamentable and, I believe, inherently dangerous. The sub- 
versive tactics adopted by the authorities display blatant deceit 
and gross incompetence” or ”I maintain that there is a file in 
Defence Headquarters with confidential information gleaned from 
certain sightings reported - I feel that the Government is keeping 
quiet on matters of vital concern to the public” and "l^any people 
no«) ere not satisfied with the «ery weak, often contradictory and 

2 , 

and obvious spur-of-the-mpmen t explanations to sighting reports, 
lUe have been told you have no official policy on UFO’s, tnis 
appears to be contradictory when it is known that there is a file 
in Wellington available to officers of senior rank, Squadron 
Leaders etc*', 

3. Although as pointed out in the answers to the questions 
below there is liaison between the various agencies who may receive 
reports cr whom may be able to explain reasons for various sightings, 
there appears to haye been only one rather vague report received 

by the Ministry of Defence in the past four years. 

Questions and Answers 

4. The Questions asked by Louise Joyce and suggested answers to 
them are: 

Question: Are reports of UFO’s taken seriously? (Presumably she 

means by the Ministry of Defence i) 

Answer: Yes. Reports on UFD sightings are, from time to time 

received by a number of agencies such as the Ministry 
of Transport’s Civil Aviation and Marine Divisions and 
Meteorological Service, the Police, various astronomical 
organisations and of course Defence. It is of 
interest to note that Defence has had only one such 
report, and that quite inconclusive, in the past four 
years. On receipt of any such reports in Defence every 
step is taken to eliminate obvious explanations. 


Uuesti. on j 

Q ue s t i on s 

Answer s 

What happens to reports rsceiyed? 

As stated in the previous answer, a report can be 
received by any one of a number of organisations. 

On receipt consultation is held between the various 
organisations whose activities may throw light on the 
subject to eliminate obvious explanations. for 
example, the Civil Aviation Division can give accurate 
information as to the likely presence of aircraft in 
the areaj the l^eteorological Service can advise on 
the possibility of the sighting being that of a natural 
weather phenomonon or of a weather ballooo. Other 
than this there is no formal resources set up to 
enquire into the wider question of UFO's generally or 
indeed to exhaustively investigate reports to which 
no obvious explanation can be given. A great deal 
more effort would be required to initiate research into 
the general subject of UFO's. As far as the Ministry 
of Defence is concerned these sightings have at no 
time lead to either the suggestion or the conclusion 
that there is any threat to the nation's security. 
Accordingly there is no intention of diverting such 
resources as would be required to undertake this 
research in depth on the basis of the unsubstantial 
reports so far received. 

USAF have extensive information about UFO's. Do we 
cooperate with them on the subject? 

I am aware that some years ago the United States Air 
Force carried out a most extensive study of UFG 
sightings. This study covered a ten year period and 

when it was over the U3AF reported that it could find 

4 -. 

no evidence tc conririn the existence cf so called 
flying saucers. All but a tiny percentage of the 
reports dealt with in the period were satisfactorily 
explained. The U3AF concluded that there was no 
evidence to show that the unexplained sightings were 
inimical or hostile? were interplanetary space ships? 
represented technological developments or principles 
outside the range of the then scientific knowledge? 
were a threat tc the security of the country? and 
noted that no physical or material evidence of a UFO 
was ever found. 


(Copy Tor Air 39/3/3) 

5 September 1973 

Mr Harold H. Fulton, 

8l Sutherland Crescent, 

Dear Sir, 

Your letter dated 28 August addressed to the 
Officer Coimnanding , Intelligence Wing, BNZAF has been passed 
to me because, as Scientific Intelligence Officer, I would 
represent the Ministry of Defence in any inter— Departmental 
Investigation of IIFO sightings that might be required. 

2* Although we have had a small number of sightings, 

perhaps one or two a year, referred to us, they have not been 
regarded as militarily significant, and we have not had the 
resources to carry out detailed investigations. The only 
exception related to the Ashburton Balls of April 1972, which 
were satisfactorily explained as earth satellite debris - 

3* If Professor Hynek intends to speak at a public 

meeting on his investigations I would be interested to attend, 
but I regret that the Ministry of Defence has no information 
that would justify a special meeting, and probably nothing that 
has not been fully reported in the Press. 

Yours faithfully. 

(G.M. Beere) 

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Attention ; s/ndr 

Lovfer Hutt. 

I November 1972, 



The Chief of Air Staff, 
Defence Headquarters , 
Private Bag, 


re Sighting of ''uiiidentified flying object" 
over Lower lAitt at 11,02 p.m, on 8/ll/72 
by I-lrs ' 

Further to your conversation on date with Constable 
Stone regarding the above matter, attached is a copy of the 
statement taken from the informant for your information. 

(A.E. Dicker) 
Sergeant in Charge, 
Enquiry Office. 

Police 29 





Record No. 

First plan your inquiry then set out the action taken, inquiries made, oral statements of 
persons seen and information gained, etc. 

DATE and 

8 / 11/72 Vent Lower Hutt and tiiere spoke to 

^ ^ -a. Housewife. Plxooe 

Haftbmd ejaplcgred Lower Hutt Firs Brigade 
as a fireman* 

She stated: 

That night I had been out at a basketball evening with friends. 
¥© arrived back at my place, talked for a while, had a cup of coffee 
then at 11 p.m, it became time for my friends to leave* They wore: 


* Road, Lower Hutt 

and a lingerie salesman whose imme I do not knowy. but he is a gooci friend 

¥e wen^ out the back door and stood in the driveway* 
pointed towards the south above tbs garage into the sky. She diew 
our attention to an object whicsh was flowing and appeared to be travelling 
towards us from the Haungaraki Hills* It was travelling very fast, 
much faster than an aeroplane does at that height. In fact I have never 
seen an aeroplane travelling so low* 

The object was looping and banking on its side and its manouvres 
were very smooth. It started to move towards the East and then moved 
over towards the hills of Naenae and Stokes Falley* It was in our view 
for at least 2 minutes* There was no sound, no particular colour. 

Just a glowing light s im i l a r to a household electric 11^* The light 
did not cast a shadow or light up our garden* 

I will draw a picture of what I saw and explain it to you. 

In the centre where I have drawn 4 oval shapes in a row are these 
4 oval lights. Tl»re was a glcw underneath them and each li^t was 
revolving. Tl^re appeared to b© shadowed parts on the bottom and on 
the edges. The bottom diagram is how the thing looked when it was looping 
and banking on its side. Tlie lights seemed to go towards the edge. 


29th September 1972# 

Mr T.E. Rosen, 
Contact (RZ) 
P.O.Box 10151, 
Balmoral , 

Dear Sir, 

I thank you for your letter concerning the conelusions 
from reports received on unidentified flying objects. 

There have been no conclusions dravm from reported sightings 
of UFO*s. As was pointed out to Mr Austin of your organisation 
in a letter dated 15th May, 1971 ♦ the RN2AP does not have any 
formal resources for investigating UFO sightings or for carrying 
out research into the wider question of UFO's generally. If a 
sighting is referred to us we may consult other organisations 
such as Civil Aviation, the Meteorological Service, the Carter 
Observatory or the DSIR to eliminate obvious explanations. 

We do not have the resources to exhaustively investigate reports 
in respect of which an obvious explanation has not emerged. 

A record of sightings received is maintained. But it is 
Just that, a record that draws no conclusions. A considerable 
amount of time and effort would be involved in following to a 
conclusion every sighting reported to the RH2AF and even more 
effort would be required to initiate research into the general 
subject of UFO's. 

lours faithfully, 


Flight Lieutenant 

RNZAF Public Relations Officer. 


air staff, 


Mr -''ndum from 

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20 tJads/i 1/71—3884 TO 

Public Relations Officer 
Air Depto 

Ministry of Defense 


Dear Sir, 

It seems very self-evident now in the face of the growing number of reliable 
reports received that this world is being visited by craft from another world 
or dimensioHo For many years now Researchers of the UoFoO„ Phenomenon have been 
given very weak, often contradictory and obvious spur-of-the-moment explanations 
to sighting reports « Many people now are not satisfied with this and are convinced 
that something is going on which they think should be made public* 

A great number of overseas government departments are vitally concerned 
with the UFO situation and treat it as SERIOUS BUSINESS. I and this organization 
can see why this is so, and I personally do’nt envy the Authorities’ who have to 
deal with the problem (and inquisitive reseachers like myself)* We have been told 
you have no official policy on UFOs, this appears to be contradictory when it is 
known that there is a file in Wellington available to officers of senior rank. 
Squadron Leaders etc* 

Could you please inform \xs of the Ministries conclusions to date 
regarding the serious business of UFOs* Thank You* 

Tours faithfully. 

Director of Reseach 


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To 5 AOUS (Pol) 



t. X wonder it' yon are awa'ro tSisi X a?s closely involved, in 

tills cosaaittee wtJdLoli consist's of*? 

Chaijcman - DBSX 

Secretary * ADSI{f) 

MoHibers - Director-General IrBXR 

Director BZ Meteorological Service, Ministry of* 


Deputy Director of’ Operations, Air Traffic 

Control, Ministry of Transport 
iLirector, Carter Obeervatory, 

2* Our involvcjjjent is by inheriteiiico from the Directorate of 

Air Intelligence who preauatably were giv^ it priiaarily as a secut'ity 
chore in the daya when the Air Dopartraent controlled Civil Aviation. 

3 . miatever the original reasoning was, it seefas to mo to be 

increasingly inappropriate for my Directorate, and particularly the 
Intelligence Section of it, to be involved, in this business. If it 
were to become generally known that v© were, it irould Ijwply that t}ie 
subject was being accorded a greater significance than I believe it 
dosorvea# Soma mi^t consider that the same argument could be 
applied to any involvement by eiiren the HMS^AF. 

Any intelligence interest in OTOs is of a scientific and teclmi 
rather tiian a Service nature. DJIB has a Scientific Intelligence 
Officer (SIO) and agrees that the SXO should be either a membex' of 
the DFO Investigating Gojaailttee or associatod with, it as an obsoiver. 

Tills would be consistent with our view that the SXO should represent 
the Intelligence Coi 3 iraunity in the investigation of objects in or 
space or which are of doubt f\sl orlgla* 

5 * The broader question of I/epartmental resportsibility is more 

in your field tJian liiine. X note, however, ttiat the Ministry of 
Transport lias two Kiea^bers representing diffex'cnt aspects of their wox’k. 

Xt could also be considered pri«M»:rlly a scientific problem to be co- 
ordinated by DSXE whose Dirac tor-Gene;ral happens also to be the 
Defence Scientific Adviser. 

The Coeaitittee is not an active one. It last met in Jan ?0 
when it was unable to agx'oe on publicity policy, a itjattcr which is 
Inhibited by my Directorate *s involvement. Sine© then ve have co.n- 
fcinuect to receive, usually from the Police, and to circulate to 
Coimsiittee moEifeers seeking their opinions, x-epox-ts on DFO sigis tings. 

Tlio most recent one, on vMch I attach the correspondence , was dis- 
cussed on TV by Pet ex* Head. 



7 * As X vm/d&iTBtmxkii tiiat you aro to havo aXactJKlons with tli<» 

MixidLatry of Transpox't and otltor interostod jDopartfisonta on fisHory 
surveillance , this joay be an opportune time to I'aise tiie c^uestion 
of the future of the Xnvostigating: Coijmiittee. 

(¥^A. SmFSQH) 
JUt Col 

2 ? Jun 72 

Copies to* 

Cimirman JXC 









24 April 1972 

Tlie Giiief of Air Staff, 
Defence Headquarters, 


, , Enclosed are papers received from the Meteorological Office 

concerning a UFO sighting at Gisborne on 29 March 1972 at 2520 M* 

As far as ATC are aware there were no aircraft operating in 
the vicinity at this time. 



(W.F.C. King^ 

for Director, Civil Aviation Division 




The Director^ 

N.Z.Meteorological Serrioet 
P«0«Box 722* 


Meteorological Office, 

Sishome Airjj^rt* 


April 5th 1972* 

Bear Sir, 

Referenoe your signal re the above sighting I s\ibmlt the 
following repoht* 

On W«an«Bd«y night Karch 29 th 1978 I was the ohserwar on 
duty at Oisbome Airport and after sending the 23 OOH aero I 
prooeedCMi to carry out the balloon flight* 

Cloud total was 7/8 with So Ao As and a small break to the 
nor^* The wind was from KW and there were no stars visible* 

Whilst obsexnrlng the ballon lantern I noticed a large white 
eireiUAr object appear in the sky near Xalti Bill* The %ix» was 
232W and the axlaaith reading on the eblect was 115*0dg and elevatii 

I observed the obleet for five minutes and was able to have 
a good look at it through the theodolite* It was emitting a red 
glow but xu> real signifieant features* At 232511 the asiwith was 
1 i 9 * 5 dg and elevation 5 *hdg and the obieot moved out to sea and 
appeared to vanish in ts thin air. 15iere was no noise* 

I would add that I am an ex pilot with 10,000 hours experiexx 
and have never observed anything of this nature in H*Z. before bSt 
in Bngland in 19 ^ whilst near the It.A*?* Station, <histon, Borth^ 
unO^erland in broad daylii^t I saw an \midentified ebiect which was 
snbseguently tracked by many radar stations includiiur Radar* 

The was never explained, 

Salt! Bill* 8 slevstion bears 1 * 2 dg* 

Tons fai^iful 


Set* Observer* 


10 Warch 1972 

Sanlor Sergeant R.G.F. Winter 
Central Police Station 
PO Box 693 

Dear Senior "^ergeantt 

Re porting or UNlDENTiriFP_^FL YI«G OBJCCT ^ 

Reference yo ir letter of ^Daf once^npreeen tat ive 

1 v 4 «« hn»iT*« 0830-1700 Monday to Friday# 

During normal «prK ing Barron, room 169, 

the contact Street, telephone Wellington 

Departmental Buildings, hn.irji the Duty Air Staff Officer 

49-800 4xt 725. nuL.r «1 b« 

i^.rUb^fro: the^elephone exchange. Wellington 
49-300 . 

Youre faithfully. 


Squadron Loader 

for Director of Service Intelligence 

/ , 

175 Iiandscgpe Rd, 


Dea.r Sir, 

Kt, Sden. 


I have written to your office on two previous qccssions raising the 
question of RNZAF involvement in the UPO situation. I have been told that the 
Air Force has no policy on UFO studies and on receipt of reports it collaborates 
with other Government Departments to investigate the report. 

That is the truth as far as it goes, but I maintain the Air Force but 
more correctly the Ministry of Defense are vitally interested in the w^ole 
UFO situation. I maintain that there is a file in Defense E.Q. *s with confidential 
information gleaned from certain sightings reported to the RNZAF. 

I have not been satisfied with previos answers to ray enquiries, I feel 
along with many others including members of the Air Force here in Auckland, that 
the Government is keeping quiet on matters of vital concern to the public. Why 
should for instance an Embassy official ( U.S.A. ) tell us that we should be more 
concerned with Project Longbank than we are with Omega, and our involvment in 

I appreciate your taking time to reply to my queries and thank you 

very much. 


Yours faithfully, 

bring up 

OK - 






TELEPHONE; 47 000 

P.O. BOX 694 

/2 July 19?1 

The Secretary for Defence, (Air) 

Attention : Sqn. Ldr. S 

Unidentified Flying Object sighted on 4/6/1971 ' 

1. On 4 June 197 I Christchurch Police were informed by Lt, Comm. K. Knignt, 
R.N.Z. Navy, Christchurch that the fishing vessel "Chinook" reported sighting 
a'u.F.O. at an altitude of 200 to 5 OO feet, ten to twelve times brighter than 
a star, changing colour between white/orange/red , stationary between Gulchers 
Point and Coal Island, Preservation Inlet. The sighting was reported at 
0710 hours that day. 

2. The message was referred to Lt. Comm. Knight by Captain G. Hart, Marine 
Department, Lyttelton, who had received it from Awarua Radio via S.A.R. channele 
Captain Hart had in turn referred the information to the Defence Department, 
Christchurch . 

3. The subject was referred to the Invercargill Police who interviewed the 

skipper of the vessel "Chinook" and the crewman 

The results of these interviews were made known to Lt. womm. 
Knight and Captaih Hart and the inquiry was unable to be taken further. 

4. A copy of statement is enclosed for your information - was 

not able to add to this. 

End . 



Senior Sergeant for 
Superintendent (S.A.R.) 


My name is I 

live at , BLUFF* Phone I am the skipper 

of the fishing boat 'GHIKOOK* ovmed by I am 

39 years of age, 

I am making this statement to the Police regarding my 
sighting of an object in the sky at approximately 6.^ 3am on Friday 
4 June 

At this time v«/e were steaming across the mouth of Preservation 
Inlet* We had rounded Gulches Head approximately ^0 minutes beforehand 
and we were half way betv/een Gulchew Head and Coal Island* We had 
come from Chalky Sound and we were heading South to Bluff* 

The only other member of my crew was who is at the 

present time staying with , Bluff* 

This object came up reasonably quick to approximately 40 degree 
angle to our position and it appeared to be about 4-5 miles up 
Preservation Inlet* It stayed at this height for approximately 
half an hour and then gradually gained more height* Between the tv/o 
of us we estimated the object to be at least ten times bigger than 
the largest star in the sky* 

On first sighting this object looked similar to a parachute 
distrees flare* It appeared to have a very prominent orange tail 
but during the half hour that it was stationary at the 40 degree 
angle, the orange changed to a red colour and vise versa for about 
the first quarter of an hour* When the object had been in the sky 
for some time, it became obvious to both of us that it wasn't a 
distrees flare* After this stationary period, the colours (orange 
and red) no longer existed and the object remained as an extremely 
bright white light* 

Within a couple of minutes of first sighting this object I 
called Awarua as I thought at first that it was a flare. I remained 
in contact with Awarua Eadio for about an houx giving them details 
of the object and its movements* A.fter, betv/een ourselves and 
Avvarua, we had decided that it wasn't a distress flare, they contacted 
Chr i s t chur ch * 

Continued. . 

Stateui^nt from^_do 

last call to Awarua was after ws had rounded Windsor Point at 
approximately 10 to 8 » At this time the object was !Torth Worth. East 
of us becsiuse '«e had chajiged position slightly o Sven after there 

v/asn't a star^ to he seen in the shy with the naked eye because of the 
brightness, the object was still there. Oiir last sighting of it was 
at about 9 Oclock. After that we didn't take much more notice of it<, 

We had another look about a couple of hours later but it had disappeared, 

I have done quite a lot of night steaming for the past B years 
but I have never seen anything like this befmre. 


Statement taken and v/itnessed by:~ 
A. M. O'Connell 
Constable 6057 


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ciacht/obtairied by Tnit^^^ 
the officer says;. “On- 
ritiikt date- ChristcKhrch; - 

ffietfcordlopifeal ^sidar ^ _ 
engaged ffi - tractenir - a 
CbhSt^ht level vniHo^ 
released • from'- Hofeitikai-v 
“iS^en - it .was, 

.height of 30,137 Ifiet aniL; 

. about; 70 : ^miiesV'-llrpiny 
CbrisitoliiirCh the-/^dar ,. 

stronger i^rgct,-^ va ^ 

' jickeff Up th^slw 
ri&ie 'and saw ' -we -."Weire 

getting H«ite -juh^^l, ; 

the fracking . -untai 

target . spi^h ifciCd^ 

great’ 'thai.^;^the^:rra^Wv 
Would hot hold in 

• :*^rackihg ■ was r:,th(^S 
abandoned, , i— . ‘ - ‘i:.;.- 

; ‘a later put ., the re^-?; 

• j^ngs ■ ’th^ugh,:.,.i. .1 ,\dei^,..- 
Computer;.'' -.i.-!" t 

;. Ca pacity > f 

■i^lHirte'of .clii^ 

7000 -Icet = pec^minnte. at 
60,000 feet ah^imauitain 
an average gfoamd .speed 
of 80 to 100 ithots.’" , 

. He J?BS>Jater 
by eipetfr»^t4i^':it ®®hW 
not ’ havdt?.Mfert? a Sky- 
hawk ; «»her ; 

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The di-tice* s^d: 
“There is; ah^olntcly lio 
possibility that the tar- 
get echo was a -radar 
phclnoniVnbni In . any 
case there : was far too 
much pattern in the 
readings for it to *be- 
anything like that. 

“One interesting point 
was that at the moment 
of acquiring the target 
it appeared as though 
it had seen the' constant 
level balloon and had 
turned : off its pre- 
dominantly '"north - west- 
heading to examine it.” 
What was that mystery 
object tracked by’ radar 
high above Canterbury? 

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13th May 1971 

Mr P. Austin, 
P.O. Box 10151, 

Bear Sir, 

Thank you for your letter dated 5 May 1971 on the subject of unidentified 
flying objects. 

The RNZAF docs not have any formal resources for investigating 
unidentified flying objects or for carrying out research into the wider question 
of unidentified flying objects generally. K a sighting is referred to us, we 
may consult with such bodies as the Civil Aviation Division of the Ministry of 
Transport, the New Zealand Meteorological Service, the Carter Observatory 
or the Department of Scienttfic and industrial Ee search as appropriate to 
eiminiate obvious explanations. I must emphasise however that we do not 
exhaustively investigate reports in respect of which an obvious explanation 
has not emerged from these consultations. X regret therefore that we really 
cannot provide you with any more information regarding these sightings than 
that which is released to the press in each instance. 

Yours faithfully. 


Squadron Deader 

for Chief of the Air Staff 

13th May 1971 

Mr P, Auntin, 
P.O, Box 10151, 

Dear Sir, 

Thank you for your letter dated 5 May 1971 on the aubject of unidentified 
flying objected 

The EK2 AF does not have any formal resources for investigating 
unidentified flying objects or for carrying out research into the wider question 
of unidentified flying objects generally. If a sighting is referred to us, we 
may consult with such bodies as the Civil Aviation Division of the Ministry of 
Transport, the New 2ealai»i Meteorological Service, ttie Carter Observatory 
or the Department of Scienttfic and Industrial Kesearch as appropriate to 
eimiaiate obvious eaplanattons* 1 must emphasise however that we do not 
exhaustively investigate reports in respect of which an obvious explanation 
has not emerged from these consultations. I regret therefore that we really 
cannot provide you with any more information regarding these sightings than 
that which is released to the press in each instance. 

Yours faithfully, 


Squadron leader 

for Chief of the Air Staff 


P,0. Box 10151 
Dear Sir, 




In a letter reoieved from you dated 3 March 1970 (reference 39/3/3)t 
you state " However, the RN2AP &long with other Government Departments does, 
on receipt of a UPO sighting, attempt to check this report as far as possible.” 

Could you teil me who these ether Government Departments have been* 
what is the conclusion to date. 

In the case of the sighting made by 2 S.A.P.E. airways pilots, whilst 
flying across the Cook straits. What was the conclusion reached by the RNZAP. 

As there is no official policy on UFO’s it would appear that any findings 
you make could quite easily be released to the public* with no threat to the 
national security. Would it be possible therefore to sight any reports and analysis 
along with the conclusions of sightings reported to your office. 

Thaulc you for your time. ^urSyfaithfully, 

— - 

• P. AUSTIN Director CNZ. 


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Air Staff 

Befeace Headquarters 
31st July 1970 

Cbxistc'aurch 2 

Dear Sir , 

Receipt of your registered letter of 2?th July 1970 is 
acknowledged • 

The sighting you write of concerned a blue light not a 
blue flying object and an analysis of the pilot *s and other 
reports indicated that the source of the li^t was an aircraft* 
There was no attempt to suppress information on this sighting, 
in fact, the sighting was publicized widely. 

•There is no official EMIAF policy on Unidentified Flying 
Objects and no general study of UFO sightings is made by the 
HNZAF or a specific group within the HKSAF’ ♦ However, the 
RJiZAF along with other Government Departments does, on receipt 
of a uFO sighting, atteiapt to check the report as far as possible. 

Yours faithfully. 

(C. D. GOLF) 

Flight Lieutenant 
Public Relations Officer 



The Public HeiAlpns Officer, 
Royal Nev/ Zest^M Air Force, 
Department of^Defence, 

Christchurch 2, 
27 July 1970. 

Dear Sir, • -r> • 1 . 4 . 

Following the sighting, by two Straits Air Freights 
pilots on September A- 19^9 1 of ^ mysterious blue unidentified 
flying object near Wellington, it v/as stated in a newspaper 
report that R.N.Z.A.F. authorities were awaiting details 
from both pilots concerned. 

As far as I am able to ascertain, the findings of 
the Air Force authorities regarding this incident v/ere not 
released for publication. I would be most grateful if you 
would forward the results of the subsequent investigation. 

In addition, it is becoming increasingly obvious of 
late that the truth surrounding the activities of these objects 
is being withheld; a policy which is lamentable and, I believe, 
inherently dangerous. 

Because of information compiled after having 
witnessed the movements of ^ UFOs, I cannot accept the 
incredible ’explanatory' offerings frequently presented in 
return for honest reports. The subversive tactics adopted by 
the authorities display blatant deceit and gross incompetence. 

Therefore, I must respectfully ask what official 
measures are being taken, in New Zealand, to determine the 
origin and purpose of these craft which continue to trespass 
our skies. 

Y ours/-^ f ^^hf ully , 

4 -. 

Mr Herbert 3* Taylor 
571 West Wiiidsor Parlcway 
Oceans?, de 
New York 11572 

Dear Sir, 

I rerer to your letter oi* 6 March seeking the official 
ENZAP evaluation of an unidentified flying ob;)ect in the Wellington 

As the IdTZAF' did not investigate this sighting, there is 
no evaluation available* 

Yours faithfully. 


Flight Lieutenant 
Public Relations Officer 


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Mr P. Austin 
Plat 1 

175 Landscarje Hoad 
Mt Eden 

Pear Sir, 

Thank you for your lettei"' ot February 22 regarding 
the unidentified flying objects* 

There is no official I^IZAP policy on Unidentified 
Flying Objects and no general stucly of UFO sightings is 
made by the EHZAF or a specific group witliin the MZAF, 

However, the HT?ZAF along with other Government 
Departments does, on receipt of a UFO sighting, atteir^t to 
check this report as far as possible. 

Yours faitlifully. 


Pli^t Lieutenant 
Public Kelations Officer* 

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U A ra««tieg between repireoantativaa of interested organizations 
was held on 29 January 1970 to diecuae th® action to he taken 
upon receipt of U.f.O. sighting reports. 

2. Those present uierei-' 

lifg Cdr Black 

Dr t,I, Robertson 

Dr D.C, ThoAipson 

Sqn tdr A.M*inil0»tane 
fit Lfc a. f^itehell . 

Fit Lt C, Cole 
Sqn Ldr A« Oyer 

Directorate of Service IntelligancQ 
Oept of Scientific and Industrial 
Hesse rch 

N.l. Meteorological Service 
Carter Observatory 
D«0ATC Qpa t^lnistry of Transport 
Directorate of Operations^ 

HMIAF Headquarters 
nnZkf Public Relations Officer 
Directorate of Service Intelligence 

3. The present report form, itfss discueeed st it wee decided to 
retain the preeent format with JBlnor modification. tKamples 
of the forsa are attached. 

4. SoTOo representetivea raraarked that they received many 
reports which were easily disposed of and did not see the point 
of filling out forme for aech of these. It was pointed out 
that the number of "solvable** reports compared with those for 
which further action wee required and with those for which no 
explanation could be found provided valuable etat let leal 
informstion. It was finally decided that thaea reporta requiring 
further action should be passed to the DSl in the normal way 
and that an ennual eatiBrata of those quickly dispensed with 
be passed to the DSI for atatiatlcal purpoesa. 

3. The next Itesj dlscuased wes the extent to which o dapsrt- 
ment or organization should inveatigats reporta and the extent 
to which the public should be inforaad that investigatione do 
taka place. It emerged that th© extent of the investiga t ion 
would dapsnd on factors such ©a th® nature of the report, the 
reliability of th® reporter end thei^sources availabX® to the 
investigating body. i^^uch diacuasion felled to reeolv© this 
point and finally it was agreed that a report worthy of invest i-* 
gation should bo checked to the extant deemed realistic by the 
investigating body. 

6. A wide rang® discussion on the publicity aspects of UFB 
investigation again encounterad the “stumbling block" of lack 
of re» 0 urces within the orgaolzat f ons concorned. The HfilAF 
wo tabl.d the standard RHi:Affe.ndttut “ for questions ragordinn 
UFu investigation. It reads* 

The 2 \f^ 2 Ar does not have any formal resources for 
Investigating UFQ. sightings or Far carrying out research 
into the wider question of UFUs generally. If a slghtin-. 
is referred to ua we r,sy consult such bodies as the 



CiviX Aviation Division of the P^OT „ the NZ Met eoro logical | 
Service, the Carter Observatory, or the DSIR as appropri- | 
ate to elioiinate obvious axplanet ions. Ue do not have the | 
resources to exhaustively investigate reports in respect | 
of which an obvious explanation has not emerged from ^ 

these consultations but a record of sightings reported 
to the RNZAF is maintained. A considerable amount of | 

time and effort would be involved in following to a | 

conclusion every sighting reported to the RNZAF or the 
other bodies mentioned above. Even more effort would r 

be required to initiate research into the general subject ^ 
of UFQs, and with our other commitments we do not have | 

the resources necessary to apply to the task," ji 

7, It was suggested and agreed that DSI should consult with 
a N.Z. Police representative with a view to inviting them to 
participate in the same way as the organizations mentioned 
above. This would enable 0 mors accurate statistical record 
to be maintained. 

8, The Civil Aviation and HNZAF representatives agreed to 
consult on reports requiring investigative action because of 
the close liaison existing between the two organizations and 
to preclude the possibility of separate investigations into 
the one report. 

9, The meeting agreed that an estimate (para 4 refers) of 
reports for the year 1969 be passed to DSI. 

IQ* In brief then, the action to be taken on receipt of a 
sighting report is as followss- 

a. The organization receiving the report carries out 
the investigation. 

b. If necessary, assistance is requested from other 
organizations, (A contact list of personnel follows.) 

c. Depending on the amount of investigation required 
either a report form is completed and sent to DSi for 


the report is noted for the annunal estimates. 

List of Contact Personnel 

Or E.I. Robertson 

D.S. I.R . 

PhonsJ 579SB 

Or D.C* Thompson 

N.Z. Met Sorvics 

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Mr d.J. Fisher 

Carter Observatory 


Sqn Ldr A . N . Milestona 




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Sqn Ldr A. Oyer 

Ministry of Defence 



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NAmIE and address of sigh TER: 






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RlPORT on u,f,q. sighting 

and address of SIGHTED: 






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) , Directorate 
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Mr C.L.Elmes, 

6 Kennedy Rd 

Dear Sir, 

In answer to your letter of 13 January 1969 I must point 
out that the views expressed in the "Dominion" of 21 December 1968 
do not reflect the RN2AF attitude toward the subject of Unidentified 
Flying Object sightings* 

The RN2AF does indeed take seriously UFO sighting reports 

referred to it although no general study of the subject 
is undertaken* From time to time sighting reports are received 
by various Government Departments including the RIMZAF * Departments 
receiving such reports attempt to check them out as far as possible 
and will seek advice from other departments on specific incidents 
as necessary. 

In the two particular instances mentioned in your letter, 
no reports were received by the RNZAF and accordingly no investi- 
gation has been undertaken^^ , 

Yours faithfully, 


49 F€bx»aa.ry iS"C‘9 

Mr C*'L, Dimes 
6 Keiaiedy Kd 

I>ear‘ Sir., 

In answer to yoin? letter of 13 January 1969 I must 
point out that the views expressed in the ’’Borainion” of 21 
Beeeabei" 1968 do not reflect the ia^DA? attitude toward the 
subject of Unidexxtified ?lyinf> Object sigh tings. 

The rirZAF does Indeed take seriously UPG sightings 
reports referred to it although no general stud^^^ of the 
subject is undertaken. From time to time sighting reports 
ar*e received by various aoverninent Deijartments including 
the IJHZAF. J>epartraents x'*eceiving such reports attempt to 
check them out as far as possible and will seek advice from 
other departioents on specific incidents as necessary. 

In the tv7o particular instanees mentioned in your 
lettei* no reports v/ere received by the H'iZAF and accordingly 
no investigation has been undertaicen by this lleadouarters. 

Yotn^s faithfixlly. 


Flight Lieutenant 
Public Pelations Officer, 


12th March 1969 

Mr A.J, Brunt 

Auckland University UFO Research Group 

P.O. Box 5945 


Dear Mr Brunt, 

On behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff I would like to thank 
you for your letter advising us of the formation of your UFO 
research group and apologise for the delay in replying* 

I can assure you that any future requests seeking details of 
organizations dealing with UFO sightings will be referred to you 
not as you point out, to the organization now disbanded* 

The RNZAF was in no way involved in the investigations into 
the Dow - Franklin sighting of a UFO at Taradale and I have been 
advised that any copies of statements made of sighting should be 
obtained through the Napier Police who handled the case* 

fours faithfully. 


(C.D. COLE) 
light Lieutenant 
Public Relations Officer 




April 15, 1969. 

Flight Lt C.D.Cole, 

Public Information Branch, 
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 

Dear Flight Lt Cole, 

Thank you for your letter of early March advising 
that the RNZAF will pass on to the Group any queries from the 
public regarding UFO groups. This is much appreciated. 

The Group is eager to examine with someone from 
the air force the possibility of establishing an informal 
association between ourselves and the RNZAF. This would 
involve, perhaps, the sharing of information or at least 
the establishment of some working relationship between 
the Group and the RNZAF. 

7/e realise, of course, that RNZAF files are closed 
to members of the public and that to ignore UFO reports and 
pass them on to us would be an abdication of air force 
responsibility — a policy in which, of course, you would not 
be in agreement. 

However we feel a talk with you or a suitable officer 
at Whenuapai would be fruitful for both parties. Could you 
advise us when next you v/ill be in Auckland so that a meeting 
could be arranged. If this is not suitable could you tell us 
if there is anyone at Whenuapai with the authority to deal with 
us on this topic. Hoping to hear from you soon. 

Yours sincerely, 

Tony Brunt 

5 190? 

Mr Tony Brunt 

Auci:land Univeri:ity UFO Research Group 

P * 0 , .0 O'z t) 9h-9 


Bear Sir, 

Thank you :D>r your letter of 15 ^’Pril ueeiiing the 
establishment of an inforraal a*..£ociatioii between your groujp 
an d t h e Ri ■ h A > • 

I delayed replying to your letter as I thougiit I 
would have been in Auckland at the end of last month. 
However, the visit has been postponed aiid I will advise you 
when I will be there sc a meeting could take place. 

y our B fait h , 

(C.h.COL: ) 

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■public Relations Officer. 

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26 Kovember 1969 

Mr Herbert S. Taylor 

371 West Windsor Parkv>;ay 


New Yor3c 11372 

United States oi* America 

Dear Sir, 

Thank you for your letter of 4 November requesting 
details of the official evaluation of a UPO sighting at 
Blenheim on 13 July 1939* 

At the request of Mrs Moreland, infoi^aation given by 
her to the Si'JZAP was not to be released to other parties It is 
for this reason that I regret that we must respect the wishes 
of ^^rB Moreland, 

Yours faithfully/. 

Plight Lieutenant 
Public Relations Officer 

(r~No. ! 

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1. Un 10 April 1S68 s abating of repra ssntat ivas from intersstod 
agoacis© (a©© address coiustn) was held to discuss the action to 

bs taken on receipt of sighting reports* 

2, One of the decisions inade at this ideating was that progress 
would bs revle8»od at a further iBestlng to be held in **about aix 
iftonths tisse”* 

3. 1 feel (and I ara '^aware that some other representatives do 

also) that it is time we got together again to discuss progress 
and review our present procedures. 

4. To thet end I would suggest that we (neet after tho holiday 
period ^ aay Thursday 29 J©n ot ©bout 3 pm. Couid you notify 
me if this date is flcpepteble or not with eltsrnatlvss if 
nscessery and I will co~ordinots suggestions and arrange the 


16 Dec 69 

(A. Dyer) S/L 
1.^0 (Air) 

Directorate of Service InteIXigence 

Tele* 49800 txt 41D 




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Auckland University, 
Private Bag, 


11th February, 19 7G. 

Flight Lieutenant C.D. Cole, 

Public Relations Officer, 

RNZAF. Headquarters, 

Ministry of Defence, 


uear Mr. Cole, 

I write to you in the hope that when next 
you are in Auckland, you will be able to arrange to meet 
some members of the Group. 

we have now survived one year of operation, and during 
this time we have had a very fruitful liason with the Police 
They arranged with us to supply us with details of any UFO 
reports that they received, and over the year they contacted 
us a number of. times. 

Though the year was one characterised by wild publicity 
given to some natural effects, we think that our Group has 
filled an important position , namely that of being scien- 
tifically founded. 

If you are in Auckland, you may contact me at Varsity, 
or by telephoning 75-699 and we may be able to arrange 
a similar liason with you. 

f ai thf ully , 

Brian C.*Tjusker, 

Secretary, A. U. U. F. O.R. G. 


■ (NEW ZEALAND) ■: r- 


175 Landscape Rd, 

Ml. Eden, 22.2.70 

Auckland 4 

Dear Sirj 

= I represent the above orgamization in New Zealand and 

we are exclusively dedicated to U.F.O. research. We would be 
grateful to learn of the official R.N.Z.A.F- policy on 
Unidentified Plying Objects, 

Could you also tell me if there is an5^ body within 
the R,N.Z.A.P. that would officially deal v/ith any sightings 
that the public would send to you. Thank you. 


N.Z, Representative, 

Atickland University UFO Research Grouj), 
P.O.Box 5945, 



Chief of the Air Btaff , 

Air Vice Marshal C. A. Turner, 

Dear Sir, 

This is to advise that a group has heen set up 
at Auckland University to study on a strictly scientific 
basis the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects. The 
group consists mainly of science and engineering under- 
graduates who have in common the belief that UFOs con- 
stitute a genuine scientific problem and need urgent and 
serious attention. We feel that the subject has not been 
adequately and thoroughly investigated by any private 
or Government agency in New Zealand. 

The group plan , in addition to other activities, 
to set up a wide reporting network throughout the Auckland 
province, members of which will investigate and report 
any sightings that occur in their area which do not appear 
to fall into the category of misidentif led natural phen- 
omena . 

All aeroclubs, gliding clubs and air charterers 
will be advised of our existence. 

We hope you will note our existence as about three 
years ago _ I no t i ced you were slightly behind in your 
record keening. ' ' In reply to a letter of mine the public 
X«tlaJiij2RS„,c^ me to a civilian UFO research 

Group, Civilian Saucer Investigation, of Nissan Place, 
Onehun|[a, Auckland. This group disbanded in late 1 959 
so I would suggest that future inquiries you choose not 
to deal with could be directed to our group. 

At the same time could we make a rather demanding 
request of the ENZAF about a September UFO sighting reported 
in Taradale in the Hawke s Bay area. In this case tv/o 
youths, John Dow and Paul Franklin, reported that their 
car was chased by a UFO and as a result the vehiiarle 

smashed into a shop. Consequently Dow appeared in the 
Napier Magistrate’s Court on a charge of careless driving 
and was discharged. 

I am told that an RNZAF employee in Wellington, 
__ a. wing command er, was given the police file on the case. 
We wonder if there is any chance of^the group "1)6 ihg~'gi?ve 
a copy of Dow*‘s and 5’ranklin’s statements to the police 
on the incident. Similar RNZAP assistance was extended 

CSI, of Onehunga, in 1959 when Mrs Eileen Moreland, of 
Blenheim, reported a close-up sighting of a UFO. In that 
_ oase Group Captain A. P.Gainsford su pplied CSI with the 
police statements involving Mrs Moreland, 


Hoping you can help, 

Xours sincerely, 

A, J, Brunt, 

The Secretary, 

Air Department, 

Dear Sir, 

1 / 

C/ ' 

€- Kennedy Bead, 

15 January, 1969* 

The attached newspaper clipping taken from THE DOMINION, 21 December, 19 68, contai 
a remarkable statement in view of the fact the E.N.Z.A*F. shows little interest 
publicly over reported U.F.O. sittings. 

In view of this press statement, would your Department be prepared to answer the 
following questions? 

1. Does the R.N.Z.A.F* take a serious view of sighting reports concerning U.F.O’s?^ 

2. Is this press statement an acknowledgement by the R.N.Z.A.F, of the existence of U.P. 

5. The statement mentions probable method of propulsion. Is this therefore an admission 

by the R.N.Z.A.F. that U.F.O *s are extraterrestrial? 

4o Will the Air Force name these "certain specified areas"? 

5* Will the Air Force be making public the results of investigations not only in this ai 

but in other areas? 

6. Did the R.N.Z.A.F. accept seriously (a) the Taradale car chase of 9 September, I9 68? 

(b) the subsequent court findings? 

(c) the Havelock North sighting by schoolchildrei 
of 20 December, 1968? 

T.Does the Air Force accept sighting reports emanating from reliable people, aircrew, citizei 
of impeccable character, or is the Air Force i nclined to ridicule ? 

8 .Does the R.N.Z.A.F. attempt to *hush up* sitting reports? i.e. because of its inability tc 
provide counter measures to these craft? 

My questionnaire is more than a layman’s curiosity. I am a member of N.Z. Scientific 
Space Research, also of National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena( Washingl 

If you should see your way clear to have these questions answered, I would be gratefi 
for as you will be aware, ’something’ is going on in this area. I cannot accept the 
fact that all witnesses to date are suffering from hallucinations. 

Enclosed, stamped and addressed envelope for your reply. 

Yours faithfully. 

Late *ews 



An Aiv Force spokesman 
said last night many of the 
alleged sightings of flying 
saucei;^. seemed, to centre 
about the Hastings-Napier 

/•/iZ I 

. I 

Air Department, 

Dear Sir, i/ 

The attached newspaper clipping taken from THE DOMINION, 21 Decemher, I968, contaa 
a remarkable statement in view of the fact the R^N.Z.A.F, shows little interest 
publicly over reported U.P.O. sittings. 

In view of this press statement, would your Department be prepared to answer the 
following questions? 

I* Does the R.K.Z.A.F. take a serious view of sitting reports concerning U.F.O^s?^ 

2. Is this press statement an acknowledgement by the R.N.Z.A.P* of the existence of U.F. 

5. The statement mentions probable method of propulsion. Is this therefore an admission 
by the R.N.Z.A.F, that U.F.O’s are extraterrestrial? 

4o Will the Air Force name these "certain specified areas"? 

5. Will the Air Force be making public the results of investigations not only in this ax 

but in other areas? 

6. Did the R,N.Z.A.F, accept seriously (a) the Taradale car chase of $ September, I968? 

(b) the subsequent court findings? 

(c) the Havelock North sighting by schoolchildren 
of 20 December, 1968? 

7, Does the Air Force accept sighting reports emanating from reliable people, aircrew, citizen 

of impeccable character, or is the Air Force i nclined to ridicule ? 

8, Does the R.K.Z.A.F. attempt to *hush up* sitting reports? i.e. because of its inability to 

provide counter measures to these craft? 

My questionnaire is more than a layman’s curiosity, I am a member of N.2, Scientific 
Space Research, also of National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena(Washingt 

If you should see your way clear to have these questions answered, I would be gratefu 
for as you will be aware, ’something* is going on in this area. I cannot accept the 
fact that all witnesses to date are suffering from hallucinations. 

Enclosed, stamped and addressed envelope for your reply. 

Yours faithfully. 

Late ihews 


An Air Force spokesman 
said last niglit many of the 
alleged sightings of flying 
saucers seemed to centre 
about tho Haslings-Napier 
area. He was referring to 
the sighting of a saucer-like 
object by Havelock North 
school children yesterday. 
He said s jucer sightings ap- 
peared to occur in certain 
specified are^ and this 
could be becaifce propulsion 
was sensitive |to magnetic 
lines of force on the earth's 

4ft 'Si 





2ltth rTime 1966 

Mr Bonald R.Menzel 
Harvard College Observatory 
60 Garden St 

MassaCiiasetts 02136 
Dear Sir, 

In rer^lying to your letter to the Department ot Defence 
which was referred to me in Royal New Zealand Air Force Headquarters 
may I first apologise for the e>“tremely long delaj^. 

To answer the points raised by you, in Dew Zealaiid there 
is no official studies of UFO reports midertahen. The appropiate 
organisation receiving sl report whetlier it be ITHZAF, Department of 
Civil Aviation or the Meteorology Service, attempts to Chech it as 
far as possible. In doing this of coarse the^ is often an inter- 
change of information between the various Government organisations 

This being the case, I am unable to provide the type of 
information you seeh. 

lours faithfully. 


Flight Lieut enan.t 
Public Relations Officer, 

No. I ' 

2 4JUN1968 

2hth June 1968 

ivir }{erbert S, Taylor 
2365 Kast 13 th Street 

'ilevi York 11229 
Dear Sirj^ 

In reply to your letter seeicing information on UPC reports 
I am afraid that I am not able to be very helpful* In I5ew Zealand 
there is no official studies of these reports undertaken* What reports 
are received are checked as far as possible by the _ organisation 
receiving the report* Haturally the original organisation will call on 
other Government agencies v/hieh may be able to help* 

Because of this system and the lack of official investigations 
it is not possible to ansv/er your oiiestions. 

Yours faithfully^ 


Plight Lieutenant 
Public Relations Officer. 


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Ce/1 Ctrninij ■pit t,pf/Cal /[/tkj 'htvtrj 

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Dots //< fjyzfr co/iJi/c't mn o-ff/cij 

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^ pm af\y r'<ifo/4j' ttmaint) 

Z/ji/e Any ephrns l>tt/i pounJ f //t rtyorfs? 


Pinc^rtly. -'"i''’'-' 

Brooklyn, Nv’v^Yot'K 



Part 2. Copy l^ofZi 



File Number : AIR 39/3/3 Volume 2 - Parts 1 and 2 

File Title : Reports of UFO’s 

File Timespan : Opened: 1956 - Closed 1979 

File Declassified : September 2010 

Location of Original File : Held at Archives New Zealand 

Access to Original File: Restricted until 2049 

File Contains : Reports of sightings from members of the public and 
military personnel. RNZAF investigation and report into the Kalkoura 
sightings of 1978/9. Summaries of Unusual Aerial Sightings from the 
Australian Department of Defence. Correspondence from / to UFO 
research groups in NZ and requests for UFO information from overseas 



These copied and redacted files of correspondence on Unidentified Flying 
Objects dating from 1952 to 2009 have been Declassified and released to the 
public by the New Zealand Defence Force under the Official Information Act. 

Access to the original files held by Archives New Zealand is restricted up until 
the year 2050 for Personal Privacy reasons. These copied files have had the 
personal details of members of the public making UFO reports removed to 
preserve their privacy. . Personal details of service personnel and civilians 
employed by the New Zealand Defence Force and other Government 
Departments and Agencies have not been removed. No other information 
has been removed or omitted from these files. 


Correspondence on Flying Saucers began in New Zealand Defence Force 
files in 1952 and continued under different names, Unidentified Flying Objects 
(UFO) and Unidentified Aerial Sightings (UAS) until the present. The files 
contain reports of sightings by private individuals and military personnel, 
investigations by Defence and other Government Departments and agencies 
into these reports, newspaper clippings on UFOs and letters from individuals 
who claim to be in touch with alien beings and craft. 

While the files are in general date order from 1952 until the present some file 
periods overlap with one another and the documents within each file are not 
necessarily in strict date order. There can be duplicate documents within 
each file and copies of the same documents (particularly media releases and 
reports) can appear in different files. 


These redacted files are available in hard copy from the Defence Library c/o 
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force Aitken St Wellington. They are 
not available in electronic format. 

66 / 311 / 1 ? 
dated 17 




1* A 5 V»eetIna i^as held or* 10 April to diacuss the subject of 
action to be taken on the receipt oP U.j ,0* sightings. It i«as 
decided that the agencies at present involved would eontinuo to 
operate on an individual basis as at present and that no central 
organirst ion was to bo established. However, it was agreed 
that oo’-operation between the interested agencies was desirable 
and that a central recorder be established. 

2. In this context it wee envisaged that representatives frcp 
03IR» CAA, the (sieteorologlcai Service, the Carter Observatory 
and the RNZAF would continue to act in the capacity of receivers 
of inforiuation and consult with each other on reported sightings, 
whore necessary* If warranten, a report on ths sighting would 
be raised and in due oours© forwarded to the Intelligence Projects 
Officer (Air), Directorate of Service Intelligence, flinietry of 
Defence, who would act as the recorder. The file on this subject, 
held by him, would be available at any time to the other co- 
ordinating agencies. 

3. It was thought that the responslbilit y for completing action 
as far as possible on a report would lie with the organization 
receiving such reports although the other agencies referred to 
above could and should be consulted when necessary. 

4* It was therefore decided tot 

a. use 8 simple reporting form which would be filsd 
by OireetDrat© of Service Infcelllgertce - draft 
attached at Appendix 1 for comment and/or agreement? 

b. deal with the persons given in the list attached at 
Appendix 2 as the recognised representatives of the 
interested agencies} 

c. meet in about 6 months* time to review progress. 

5, All present agreed to the necessity to keep the matter at s 

low key and out of the public arena. All attending plus CAA and 

Directorate of Operations, RNZAF HQ should advise if draft 
reporting form was satisfactory. 

6. For the present it was agreed that agencies with outstatiens 
outside Wellington would act with considerable discretion if it 
was necessary to bring such outststions into the reporting chain. 

I 7, From a PR point of view the intention to adopt s miniiPUf:. 

I amount of co-ordination between interested agencies should not be 

'< disclosed. The line to bs taken should bs thsti 

"The appropriate organization receiving the report 
attempts to check it as far as possible and naturally 
will call any other govornmant agency which may ba abls 
to help." 

Annex to 66/30/l7 
dated 17 April 196? 


Retails of slqhtlnc^ a 

Name and address of sight®? 
Time and place of sighting 
Nature of sighting 

(Depar tment ) 

£oi«,ggn t^recDrded by other ag anny. 

^sight er^ if applicable $ 

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'■of%:5nco Tor r? 

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CO rdin-'; 

Into Hi 

Hppendix 2 to 
Annex to &6/3D/17 

contact P£RSaMN£t 


Carter Observatory 

Civil Aviation 

FHet • Service 


i^iinistry of Oefsnc© 

Dr e,I. 

^r I.L. 

Sqn Ldr 
Dr D.C. 
Sqn Ldr 
Sqn Ldr 



A,N, Milestone 


D* Cotton 

P»S. Rule 


Subject: Department: 

Dts^e^c^ f"® ^I4‘‘ 



I /■ 

1 April 1968 

Dr E.I* Robe;^t/4on 
Assistant OJ^r^Ctor GanaraX 

Departmant p^i Scientific and Industzial Research 

111-131 Sydne/ Street West N.1# 



bur/>j0C8fit telephone conversation on the subject of 
Unidsntif lied Flyif^g Objects refers* 

Ah ihfortnaV <^^®cusslon on this subject has been arranged 
fop dednesday« April at 2 p*m« and you are cordially 
invited to att€|hd. 

The venue i^lll be in the Conference Hooc3» Directorate 
of Service Int oillgence^ {Qinistry of Defence 1st Floor, 
Departmental Building, Stout Street* (At the top of the 
1st floor stairs turn left folloeing the corridor till a 
door marked *Prohibi1^ed Place* is reached* Please ring the 
bell marked 3*) 

For your information representatives will attend from 
the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, the 
Carter Observatory^ f1*Z* Pleieorological Service, Department 
of Civil Aviation, ?3inistry of Defence, and RNZAF Headquarters, 

P*S« Rule Sqn Ldr 

Intelligence Projects Officor(Air) 

Copies to: Dr M.C, Probin e. Physics & Engineering Laboratory 

Dept of Scientific and Industrial Research, 

Rr I.L, Thompson, Director, Carter Observatory 
G r o u p Ca p t J , F • G a b i t e s , D i rector of Re t , S e r v less 
The Director, Air Traffic' C o n 1 1 * o i 3 e r v 1 c e s 

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AREA CODE 617 868-7600 

March 12 , 19 68 

Minister of Defense ‘ 
Department of Defense 
Wellington, New Zealand 

Dear Sir: 

For more than twenty years I have been investigating the 
phenomena commonly referred to as flying saucers or UFO's. I have 
become convinced that a large number of natural phenomena are re- 
sponsible for these sightings and their reputed behavior. The sight- 
ings include, in part, reflections from material objects like planes, 
balloons, birds, insects, spider webs, paper, any object light enough 
to be wind-borne. There are many luminous objects in the sky, in- 
cluding planes, lighted weather balloons, luminous insects, luminous 
birds, stars and planets, meteors. There are reflections from ice 
crystals, which produce luminous mock suns or mock moons. Peculiar 
reflections from water droplets in fog lead to a family of phenomena 
known as spectres of the Brocken. We have mirages of many types, 
from "inferior" to the "looming" or "Fata Morgana. " There have been 
many experiments with daytime and nighttime rockets, from various 
bases over the country. Finally, there have been hoaxes of many kinds. 

Taken altogether, I have concluded that not a single convincing 
case remains for flying saucers from outer space. I feel that they def- 
initely do not exist, despite the fact that a number of individuals, mostly 
emotionally-dedicated amateur groups, profess belief in the reality of 

As self-appointed analyst and historian of the saucer era, I 
am preparing what I hope will be my final book on the subject. I should 
like, therefore, to include as much information as I possibly can concerning 
both official and unofficial UFO studies in countries or areas other than 

the United States. From time to time, newspaper reports indicate 
that such government interest is extensive, possibly even in the USSR. 
But in most of the organizations reported to be responsible for the 
investigations, I find for the most part only amateur groups . 

^ Please understand that I am not uninterested in the work of 
these dedicated amateurs. I should like to know as much as possible 
about them. ^ But I am also interested in having information about .truly 
official studies. And thus I am writing to you for help and advice. I 
shall be grateful for any information that you can send me about UFO 
investigations in your country or elsewhere. 

Thanking you for your help, I am 

Cordially yours, 


Donald H, Menzel 

MD 37 

[Replaces RNZAF 193] 


Sigs. 52 



Office Gerioi No.. 
Registry File Mo. 



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MINUTE NO; 38/1 967 

To: IPO (Air) 


1, Yesterday afternoon I had a telephone call 
from a Master ton woman who reported seeing an 
object in the sky over Masterton, Details are: 

a. Date ; 11 December 1967. 

Time ; 0030 hours, 

c. Weather ; Clear still night. 

d. Direction of flight ; We«[t to east on 
a steady well defined course, 

e. Height ; 1000 feet, 

f. General description ; The object looked 
like an enclosed triangle which was 
yellow-orange inside while on its 
outside edge it had lines of oscillating 
red flames, % made a noise like a 
humming top. It appeared to be 1000ft 
long and did not look like a meteor but 
more like a missile, 

2, The woman who phoned me was of 

. Masterton, Her telephone number 
is She was most insistent that she be told 

what action is being taken and what we imagine the 
object she saw might be. 

3, The report is forv/arded for yoiir attention. 

New Zealand High Commission 



New Zealand Defence Liaison Staff 
New Zealand House 
London SW i 

Whitehall 8422 Telex 24368 

12 July 19s 7 


Seputy oecrelar,}' of .Defence (Air) 
HM Ziilf’ He adq^uar t er s , 


Attn. Group Captain, Operations. 


Reference A: 




Letter 3.2/7-1/JJ^lH from J .d . A.Hennesse^f 

dated 16 Anril 1967- 

Letter JS.lC/0^ dated 25 Hay 19&7- 

Letter from J .d . A.Hennessey dated 19 dune l967» 

Reply to reference 0 dated 12 July 1967* 

1. This Office has received requests from a Mr Julian d.A. 
Hennessey of 43 P eny we rn Road, Earls Court, London, 6.W.5. for 
information on New Zealand Gover lament policy with regard to 

the investigation of unidentified flying objects (ref. A refers). 
Mr Hennessey has nov/ requested the address of a Lexir Zealand 
Headquarters to whom he *can direct his enquiries, for the reason 
stated in liis letter at reference 0. 

2. This Office has answered the enquiries ’With the information 
available here. To assist reply co-ordination in this mutter 

find . 

45 4enyv;ern 2o^id, 
iziarls Court, 
i-ondpri, C.v^.5. 

June 19, 196? 

.^ef. Di:. 10/04 

Croup Captain J.IJ. .Liobins , 

i-i ijb-bJl) , 

New Zealand House, 


^ ondon, 3.'. /.I. 

Dear Dir, 

I refer you to your letter of Hay 23, 196? aiid reguest 
the address of yoiu? Headquarters in Beiv aland ’with respect 
to my hpril 16, 196? letter. 

Hy reason for asking this is that contrary to your 
letter, I am aware tha.t your Government has issued instructions 
for the investigation of"' UFO's by the Department of Defence 
under it's Defence j-"‘rogram. 

Yours f a i thf ui 1 ly , 


J 3 . lu/04 

2:!) Hay 1367 

J.J.H. Hennessey, Hsc . , 
associate Heinber, 

N a t i on a 1 In ve s t i ^ a t i o ns 0 c mmi t tee 
on Aerial Phenomena, 

36 Slvaston Place, 
oouth Kensington, 

London, 3.3,7. 

Dear Sir, 

In reply to 7 f 0 ux letter 3. 2/71/3 Jin of the 16th 
April 1967, yon are cidvised the Hew He aland Government 
does not condiict research into or investigfite so-called 
unidentified flying objects . 

I regret that this Office cannot be of any c?.ssistance 
to you in this matter. 

Yours faithfully, 
(Sgd.) J.D. ROBINS 

Group Captain 

for lie ad , N 3 DLo , Bond on 

Please Quotei 3,2/ V 1 

Yo'or Ssicollancy, 

As you may have been av/ai'*e^ the United States has reoon'cly 
given the University of* Colorado a grant of* 313? ^00 dollars to 
investigate unidentif*ied flying objects* This investigat.ion^ under 
the Chairmanship of Ur» Edward U. Condon of the University's KLysics 
and Astrophysics Department, is primarily to determine whe t-her ^ there 
is any pattern, in the mass of reports on file, that v/ould indicate 
that interplanetary vehicles are reaching this planet from an 
extraterrestrial s ourc e ( • 

In viev/ of the above study and its possible fai* reaching 
implications, I should be pleased if you would aijange for^this 
letter and the accompanying questionnaire to be forwarded to the 
appropriate Ministry in your co\intry for completion* 

An acknov/ledgement of this letter would be appreciated* 

r f y~, 

' / /J.-^ 

If- / 

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Reply to: 36, UTivaston Place, \ 

South Kensini?ton^ .v ^ 

London, S «7 « 

, o'-f • 

Yours sincerely, 


J^^A/liennessejy Esq., 
A'ssociate Memb^’, 
jNfational Inves-^igations 
on Aerial Phenomena 


(jj) 5^]2 xs conclusion had previousl3'‘ been reached in 19^8 by the 
Aerospace Technical Intelligence Centre (UoS«A*) in its 
Top Secret "Estimate of the Situation", this was later 
declassified and destroyed* 

H,3. ‘T'he i'-ion. Sir I* Kacdons.ld, nGhG, 


i>-orrii 3<,2vNo 

WO SuR W QUESTim^miP, 

Fnen did your GoYeriiinent first charge 
or authorise a Mirdstry to investigate 
UFO reports? 

Since the instigation of an official 
investigation, hoTir many UFO reports 
has the authorised Ministry received 
to date? 

Under vihloh classification does UFO 
data in your country come under? 

Conf idential/Secret/ 
Too Secret 

Are there- any special regvilations 
goverrdng UFO investigations hy the 
authorised Ministry 

¥nat % of reports received remain 
totally unidentified 

Would your Government he ■willing to 
release its reports on UFOs after 
deleting classified data 

Wo'dld your Government consider 
e:cchanging UFO data with a scientific 
or responsible hody 

Has your Government ever instigated 
a scientific investigation into the 
pher^omena of UFOs 

If your Government discovered that UFOs 
were in fact interplanetary vehicles, 
would it make an immediate announcement 
to that effect 

Do you wish your replies to this 
questionnaire he kept in confidence 

Official Stamp 

Signed o . 

Denartment* o 

This form to he returned tot 

Hennessey, Asc^*, 
3 D > jUvas ton PI ac c , 
South Xansington, 
London, S <» W » 7 » 

Public Helextions Office 
Wellington 49 -SOO Ext 757 
i 1 th July 1967 

Mr SamiTij- Paradiee, 
290 Vi/ashington, 

f idor, Texas 77662, 


Pear Mr Paradiee, 

Thank you for your recent letter regarding UPO*s. 

I regret the Chief of the Air Staff is unable to 
give you his opinion on UPO sightings. The New 
Zealand Government, and of course the Royal New Zealand 
Air Force, have never expressed a policy on UFO’s, 

What may be of help to you however is the address 
of a Hew Zealander v/ho has maintained a record of 
UFO’s for quite some time. He is Mr H.H, Fulton of 
3 i Sutherland Crescent, Palmerstcai North, 

Mr Fulton was head of the Civilian Saucer Invest- 
igaticaa (HZ) Society, from 1952 until it went into 
recess in 1959 * 

Yours faithfully. 

(eT't'. CLARKE) Fit Lt 
Public Relations Officer 

No. 2 j 

71 JUL19tfJ 




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Public Relations Ofi*ice 
Wellington 49^00 Ext 757 
13 October 1966 

Mr A.J. Brunt, 
24 Wembley Hd, 
Mt Eden, 

Dear Sir, 

Your recent letter to tbe Ciiief of tlie Air Staff 
has been passed to me for reply » 

The maintenance of files are governed by specific 
regulations which precludes them being made available 
to anyone outside the Armed Forces. 

I would point out that the Government has never 
stated an official or unofficial policy regarding the 
sightings of unidentified flying objects and a policy 
has not been warranted to date. 

Ho Government agency has been set up to investigate 
sightings but a civilian group — Civilian Saucer 
Investigation (HZ) Society publishes a quarterly 
review of reports and investigations. 

If you are not already aware of this group may I 
suggest that you consider contacting it. The address 
of the Society is: 


1 Hissan Place 
Auckland SE3 



Flight Lieutenant 
public Relations Oflicer 


Last week three flying-saucer “ nests ” were 
found near Tully in Australia’s Northern 
Queensland. One farmer said he saw “ a space- 



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3 e p t e rril^e r* 23, 1966. 

Vi ce -Mar sha 1 C . A . Turne , 
Chief cf Ai3? Staff, HlMZAl?, 
Dear Sir, 

Could you x^lease tell irie if the Royal Hev-' Zsal- 
anrl Air Rorce files on Unidentified R lying Objects are open in 
'^hole or in part to civilian use„ i am at Tu^esent ’forking on a 
hook dealing" v^/ith the phenomena over ITev/ Sealanfi and feel that 
official information on the sul:)ject would he i}i valuable and would 
go part of the way to putting the puszling phenomena on a concrete 
down-to-earth basis which is so badly needed. 

Prom 1 95 2 t o 1 93^-1- t ; te Ihi i t e d , 3 1 at e s A ir F or c e 
r^ave a civilian investigator, haj. D.B.Keyhoe (retd), access to 
sighting reports and other data, ?;isn.y people v/ould he deeply gra to- 
fu f if the RHZ-AF took a similar stance. Please do not regard it 
as* impertinence hut I could he visiting Wellington _ in the nep' 
future and could conceivably call into the Air ministry at that 

T he raa.xi m of D e n io c x' a cy , g o ve r nine nt hy ^ t he p e o pl e 
a n d f o 1* !• j le 'x:<e o pl e , i a as t r ue t o a a. y ? s it e ve v e s , it is e s b e n fc i al 
t > ■ a t t h e t a xpa y e r he k.e g t i nf o rine d. of s c i e x \ t i f i c d e ve } o pine n t s t ii a t 
mav one day have a great hearing on his future, hoping this latter 
ill .r 6 c e i V 6 t Ii o i x g h t f u 1 c i j 1 1 s i d e r a t ; i o xi , j . a x n , 

fours very sincerely, 
d » - Bji'uri G » 

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Directorate of Public Keiatious 

Wellington 49-^00 Ext 757 

151 se uaiiet uianXo i3ti^ July 

353 Tr»af*algap Square 


Dear Miss Mario, 

Your letter of 30th June to the Minister of Civil Aviation 
has been referred to me for action. 

The Hew Zealand Government has never stated an official 
or unofficial policy i*egarding the sightings of Unidentified 
Plying Objects and a policy has not been warranted to date. 

The public in Hew" Zealand are provided with reports of 
sightings by individuals through the press. In almost every 
instance these reports appear in the newspapers before an 
investigation, if one is warranted, is made. 

Ho Govemmait agency has been set up, but a civilian group - 
Civilian Saucer Investigation (HZ) Society - publishes a quarterly 
review of reports and investi^tions. The address of this 
society isi 

CSI (HZ), 
t Hissan Place 
Auc&land, SE5 

Yotirs faithfully. 

(C.D, COLE) 

Frying Officer 

for Director of Public delations 


Please Quote 

Telegraph: Civilair. 

Private Bag, Wellington C. 1 
New Zealand 

49 060 

Telephone: 55^30 

11 July 1366 

Ttie Deputy Secretary of Defence (Air) , 
Ministry of Defence, 


AttaclxedH^s a of a letter received Dy the Minister 
of Civil Aviation from Miss J. Mario concerning Unidentified 
Flying Ohoects. 

The letter has been formally acknowledged hy the Minister 
and is referred to you for reply. 

(W. Lynd) I 

for Secretary for Civil Aviation 


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Mr Jean-Pierre Lussier, 
537 Decari$ Street, 
Montreal 9, 



Dear Mr Jean-Pierre Pussier, 

December 1965* 

Thank you for your letter of 

No agency has been established v^ithin the RMZAF 
to make studies of Unidentified Flying Object., reports* 

The HNZAF has never stated any policy regarding the 
appearances of unidentified flying objects and has made no 
conclusions on the subject. 

For your inxoraation a civilian group - Civilian 
Saucer Investig^jtion (NZ) Society - publishes a quarterly 
review of reports and investigations. The address of this 
society is CSI (NZ), i Nissan Place, Onehunga* S.E*5* 

Auckland, New Zealand, 

Yours fait]^Juily, 

C... ' ” 

(C.D. COLE) 

Flying Officer 
for Squadron Leader' 

Director of Public Relations 


MIMUTE N0;5/1966 

To : D/Ops 


1. Please see the attached letter from 
Mr Jean- Pierre Lussier. 

2* Can you give an answer to his questions please. 

11 JAN 66 

(C.D. COLE) 
Fg Off 

Montreal, December 13 > 1965- 

Public Information Office, 
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 

New Zealand. 


I am very interested in UFOs. Cox-ild you indicate me if 
the MZAF makes studies on UFO reports. Could you also send 
me the conclusions of the RNZAF about UFOs. 

Thanking you, 

Jean-Pierre Lussier 

537 Decarie St. 
Montreal 9 




Mr Jean-Pierre Lussier, 
557 Decarie Street, 
Montreal 9 , 

Quebec , 


Dear Mr Jean-Pierre Lussier, 

Tbank you for your letter of December 

No agency has been established v/ithin the HNZAP to make 
studies of Unidentified Plying Object reports. 

The RNZAP has never stated any policy regarding the 
appearances of unidentified flying objects and has made no 
conclusions on the subject. 

For your information a civilian group - Civilian Saucer 
Investigation (NZ) Society - publishes a quarterly review of 
reports and investigations. The address of this society is 
C31 (NZ), 1 Nissan Place, Onehunga, S.E.5i Auckland, NZ. 

Yours faithfully, 


Squadron Leader 

for Deputy Secretary of Defence (Air) 

Ministry of Defence 

7th July, 3-966 • 

Mr Francis S* Kendorski^ lllf 
6212 Marlow© Street, 
Philadelphia, Penn. 19124, 


Dear Mr Kendorski^ 

Thank you. for your letter of June 25, 1965* 

The Hew Zealand Government has never stated an 
official or unofficial policy regarding tha sightings 
of Unidentified Flying Objects and a policy has not 
been warranted to date# 

The public in New Zealand are provided with 
reports of sightings by individuals through the press. 
In almost every instance these reports appear in the 
newspapers before an investigation! if one is 
warranted, is made. 

Ho Government agency has been set up, but ^ 
civilian group — Civilian Saucer Investigation VNZJ 
Society — publishes a quarterly review of reports 
and investigations. The address of this society is 
CSI (HZ), 1 Nissan Place, Onehunga, 6fe6, Auc^cland, New 
Zealand • 

Yours faithfully, 

Flyirii:, Officer 

oquadron Leader 

Director of Public He la t ions 


5212 Marlowe Street 
Philadelphia, Perm.. 19124 

h. S, A. 

Public Relations Office 
RNZAF Headquarters ^ 

Wellington, Hew Zealand * 

Dear Sirs; ^ 

I am v/riting to the Public Relations 

office of the RHZAF in connection with my 

studies of Unidentified Flying Objects. 

Through* my readings, I could not determine 

if the Royal Hew Zealand Air Force actively 
investigates and evaluates reports of UFO’s 
or the so-calded ’’flying saucers.” I would 
greatly appreciate it if you could supply 
me with the findings and evaluations in 

general made by the RHZAF. 

If you could supply me with the official 
stand of the RHZAF or agency that investigates 
or evaluates these reports in Hew Zealand and 
its dependencies I V7ould be most aupreciative. 

Any related information that you could 
send me would be of the greatest interest. 

Thank you very much, . 

y Francis S.yKendorskif'^I 

Feb. 8-65 

Victoria, B,C 

Vfing Conmander A. F. Tucker, 
R.N,3*A.F., Welii rgton. 

Dear Sir: 

In the Napier DAILY TSI£GRAPH of Jan. 15-65 I notice 
that you consider the 'ice-crystal* explanation as 'the most 
lik^y explanation' in connexion with the sighting of mystery 
objects in the Tasman sky, 8.50 pm, Wednesday Jan. 13th, 1965, 
by an Elect ra crew. 

I am, of course, confident that your knowledge of air 
matters is vastly superior to my own; but I am writing to 
point out, nevertheless, that ice-crystals were never seen 
flying in formation until about 19 A 7 ; and that, on the other 
hand (for anyone who cares to peruse the literature) there is 
overwhelming evidence now available for the asking, that many 
of the mysterious sights in the skies are most probably con- 
traptions from some other planet, manned or remote-controlled. 

And if this is the case, it seems hardly worth while 
spending time and money 'investigating' this, since nothing 
we have so far invented can equal the performance of these 
objects, whatever they may be. Ever since the publication of 
the N.I.C.A.P. report in Washington DC, called THE UFO EVIDENCE 
(1536 Connecticut Ave.NW, Washington 36 DC, USA, 1964), the 
public is beginning to realise that 'official* explanations 
that simply do not fit the facts, are inadequate; and therefore 
people are gradually asking for something more tangible. May 
I respectfully suggest that you look over Mr. A. Michel's last 
book (prefaced by Gen. Chassin of NATO), and this above-mentioned 
report hy NICAP ? I am sure that you will be surprised at the 
concrete evidence vhich they contain, and that you will be wil- 
ling, like all educated and intellectually-curious people, to 
modiiy your views in the light of that evidence. 

Please forgive my troubling you with this letter; it 
seemed desirable to voice my views because of vrhat so many people 
are saying about this question. 

Yours sincerely, 

(Dr) P, M. H, Edwards 

Dear Sir, 

I would like to make a report of an unusual 
sigiiting I made with 4 members of my family on 3 
January 1965, at approx, 10.35 p^m. It was unusual 
■because there really is no logical explanation for it. 

I have had some flying experience (only approx. 25 
hours, 16 solo) and have always followed with great 
interest the advances in aircraft design and lately 
the interplanetary ‘probes by the United States and 
Hussia. I have observed the satellites that from 
time to time travel over our particular area, and have 
seen many falling stars (meteorites) but have not seen 
before and cannot tie in vdth the aircraft in operation 
today, or perhaps being experimented with, the explana- 
tion of a light descending down from the vicinity of 
the pointers of the Southern Cross straight towards us, 
and then doing what appeared to be a controlled turn to 
the northeast (all at quite a leisurely pace), leveling 
out, and stopping for approx. 8 seconds. It moved and 
stopped 3 times and then accelerated from the straight 
and level position straight up at a fantastic rate of 
climb, losing its intensity of light as it climbed. It 
was visible in its trip across the sky for 6 or 8 min- 
utes and had the light intensity (when in the straight 
and level position) of a first magnitude star. The 
sky was clear of cloud and visibility excellent. There 
was no noise, and its height and distance from us I 
could not calculate. 

I do not belong to any of these '*Jlying Saucer” 
organisations, nor do I intend to join one. But the 
moment that light stopped and hovered for 6 seconds I 
was bought and sold. If a logical scientific explan- 
ation for this sighting (other than ”ice crystals”) 
could be made to me, I could be “withdrawn from sale”. 

Hope this information will be of interest. 

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I refer to your letLer on the aaideiitified flying 
object that you ana your sister saw over Nelson in June. 

At present the matter is being investigated and an 
answer should be forthcoming shox^tly# 

Yours faithfully^ 

(C*D. COLE) 

Flying Officer 
for Squadron Leader 

Director of Public Relations 



MIITOTE HO: 169/1964 


1. The letter below refers. 

2. Could I please have your ooniments on this. 

(C.D. COLE) 
Fg Off 


OF ui^mcK 

3rd Septeiaber, 1064. 

LQ\v;er Hutt 

Dear . 

I refer to your letter of 3 August. 

W'6 have found your report very interesting, 

Invest igations show that \ve did not have any Canberra 
aircraft flying in the area on the day you and your 
sister sav the object, 28 June. The only Canberra 
airborne on the 28th yas a training aircraft flying 
betv^een uNZaF Stations Ohakea, their base, and Whenuapai. 

It is unfortunate no light can be shed on this 
observed phenomenon and we can only remain as .aystified 
as you. 

Yours faithfully, 

( Vgf • h » V U ij > J } 

Flying Offier 
for oquadron r 

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Mr John Laval, 
NICAP Member, 

7 Idle-wild Lane, 

New Jersey, 

U *S *A * 

Copy to : Air Commodore A*S, Agar 

Dear Sir, 

your letter of March 12, 1964, to the Air Attache, has 
been referred to me for action* 

the Nev Zealand Government has never stated an official 
or unofficial policy regarding the appearances of unidentified 
flying objects. A policy on tnis subject has never been 

the public in this country are provided with reports of 
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instance these reports appear In the newspaper before an 
investigation, if it is warranted, is made. 

A Government agency to investigate reports of unidentified 
flying objects has never been estavjlished. However, a group 
of civilians have formed a Civilian Saucer Investigation (NZ) 
Society and publish a quarterly review on reports. 

Yours faithfully, 


Squadron Leader 

Director of Public Helat;i.ons 

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6 March 1963 

Secretary for External Affairs 


In reply to your P.M. 63/3/6 dated 13 February 
1963 this correspondent should be advised that the 
New Zealand Government has never stated an official 
or unofficial policy regarding the appearances of 
unidentified flying objects^ A policy on this 
subject has never been warranted. 

2. The public in this country are provided with 
reports of sightings by individuals through the press. 
In almost every instance these reports appear in the 
newspaper before an investigation, if it is warranted, 
is made. 

3 - A Government agency to investigate reports of 
unidentified flying objects has never been established. 
However a group of civilians have formed a Civilian 
Saucer Investigation (Nz) Society and publish a 
quarterly review on reports. Secretary 



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31 January ^96 3 


The Secretary of External Affairs, 
^"7 1? ELLINGTON , 


Enclosed is a* copy of a letter from Mr John Laval of 
Matawan, New Jersey who is interested in the policy of the 
New Zealand Government concerning unidentified flying 
objects (UFO). As we have no information on this subject, 
it* would be appreciated if this letter could be forwarded 
to the appropriate authorities in order that we might 
answer Mr Laval’s request. ~ 

I Ambassador 


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24 August 1962 

i'iichael Walter, 
110 iarraouth taut Hill* 67, 
^iassachusetts , 

Dear Sir, 

Thaak you for your letter of 3 August, 1962, in which you 
eaQuire concerning investigation of unidentified flying objects. 

General investigations have been made regarding a number of 
reriorts since 1966. There are no actual investigations ooing 
laade at the present moment but as reports are received, xr the 
report warrants investigation, such investigation is made. 

To date, no official ststeraent regarding UFO reports has 
been considered, warranted and there is little if any reason for 
keeping such 3 reformation secret. In most cases in Sew ^>ea land, 
UFO* reports have first appeared in the pages of the I ress and 
have been fully aired in public. 

There is an organisation in i'few Zealand which includes 
amone its members a member of the RNZAF acting in a private 
capacity. He is Sergeant H.H. Fulton who may be reached 
cA Id^ZAF Stcition, Ohakea. The organisation is known as the 
Civilian Flying Saucer Investigation Society. 

lours faithfully, 


for Sq^dron l»eader 
Director of Public Kelatioas 

August 3, 1962 

Department of the Ur Force 
vellfngton, New Zealand 

Dear sirs: 

Recently I wrote tb the 
of Nei^r Zealand in the 
‘United States and asked about 
the investigation of unidenti- 
fied flying oojects 1here. Since 
they could supply me wit'n no 
information, I am directing my 
questions to you. iour ansxvers 
v/ili be greatly appreciated. 

1. Has the government ever in- 
vest i g at eci r epo r i: s o f u .HO ^ s ? 

2. It Sj , when did it start; 

3. Is the investigation still in 
oper itionr 

4. If not, why was it disbanded'' 

5. v\/]'at does the government con- 
sider the UFO*s to bef' 

6. Does the government release 
information on UFCU s to the im- ' 
blic r 

7. If not, why? 

8. Is there any wyy for me to 
get ^aold of military UFO reports 

9. ^ If not, can you refer me to 

jprivate UFO organizations 

in New Zealand r 

Thank you, 

Michiael .Salter 
1 1 n . y ami out h id . 
Ch.estnut Hill 67, 
M a s s a c ^ i u setts, U . S 



i' e Director 

The Director of Intelligence, ENZAP Headquarters, ’fSLLIKGTOH 
11 October I 96 l Our Ref. 33/18/28 Your Ref. 

Unidentified Obnect. Funafuti 

Fiirther to our memorandum of 27 July, enclose 
a copy of a reply from our Officer in Charge to our guery. 





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The Director 

The Director of Intelligence, RNZAF Headquarters, V^TILLINGTOH 
27 July 1961 Our Ref. Met: 33/18/28 Your Ref. 


We enclose a copy of a report from our Offioer-in-Charge 
at Funafuti, together with copies of the actual observations. 
You will find these self-explanatory. 

We have written to Funafuti asking hov/ the echo was first 
obtained and. why observations were discontinued, but we feel 
fairly confident that it was pure coincidence that it was 
obtained when they were tuning the set for the balloon flight. 
No doubt, the fli^t was discontinued after 36 minutes because 
the routine sounding due at 1100 hours GMT v/as being unduly 

Encs . 

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Your Ref. 

I woxild' be uieaf^ea to lear'a any theories you may have ' • 


flight's vh: 

ob^eHred th.^t night. 

A visual .search v/as made at the eighteenth- miriit ’ ' 
^en theXEinge. WpS 2100 yards //hut despite- fairly ^Ight moon- •■ ; 
light, nothing ‘was seen* • %i( ■ \ ' . X* ' ^ 

Nadi have suggesteh a fi¥ck- of r^gratory birds, though 
this seems' doubtful J-s the signal' throughout vas Almost as ste.ady;' 
arid stronger 'than , .tlm obtained from our' Herbianent Scho (range-’l' b 
1200 yards). ' '• *' - "v ” 

I would- add . that the t-wc Ellice Island Observers on"/ 
^ . ■■■ 'duty tlmt . evening were not particularly keen on uaDiing homie in tt 

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I. WO'^d be pleas,oi' to learn any^theories you. may have 

ghtrs vhinli • V7e» ob s^eWe d th„ t nl glit 

' , -A Vis'dal . search v^as made at the eighteenth rainu-b 

^en-^!the''-rang^. w^s 2100 yards /vbut despite fairly bright Eioon- 
light , nothing >’as seen. 

Kad 1 have suggested a. flock of ■ ni gr a t o r y birds, t ho'u gh 

5 'doubtful ^ the signal throughout uas almost as steady/y 
^er than .t-hSt- obtained from our ?oru:anent Echo grange ' • . .i. 

bhls Seems 
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1200 yards). % 

I uo\ild- add .that the tuo Ellice Island Observers on 
duty . tliat evening were not par ticitiarly keen on talking home in thq 
dark tby themsel ve s i 


spy.- toJ Officer-ir!-.;hargc, • 

Keteorological Office, 
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ST *4 XH. 



25 Jamaiy 1961 


Dear Sir, 

Tour letters of the 9th and 14th November I960 regarding 
the sighting of a “vapour trail” over Haidce* s Bay, were 
referred by RNZAF Station Ohakea to this department and I wish 
to advise you that the observations made by you have been 
closely studied. 

It had been expected that other similar reports of this 
phenomena would be received, but unfortunately no other reports 
have as yet come to hand and it is regretted that it is not 
possible, at this stage, to offer an ejq>lanation as to the 
zm1»re of the phenomena sighted by you. 

I tmderstand that the Comnanding Officer at Cftiakea has 
already confirmed with you that there were no RN2AP jet aircraft 
Operating in the area at the tioae and I would also like to point 
out that the speeds ^oted by you in your observations are well 
in excess of the capaObilities of aiy known aircraft. Ohafcea 
is the only SKZAF station in the lower half of the North Island, 
and is also the only base in New Zealand from which we normally 
operate our jet aircraft. 

I regret that it is not possible to answer your other 
questions at this stage, but should it prove possible at a later 
tiate to offer you a satis factoiy explanation, we shall certainly 
do so. 

Yours |fei4hfully. 


(R.R, CATmii) San Ldr 


C /V • 

20 Jaauaiy 19^1 

madster of Defence 

ptev%ma letters, itoeh ware referred to this 
depertaaent hy <Sjakea* had been atadied and «re Ije^g held 
Donding the receipt of any other a^ggaorting or conflrmtoiy 
report* of this phenosaena frcae other sources, hut so far no 
other ri^jorts hare heen receiredi 

Xn first letter^ dated $ Koremher I960, he 

asked of ^ 00 apeclfleiilly **if e fast Jet of 3^^ 

coBBsand rea trarelling solo a course iOugh3y 
east - across HaiSa’s Bay* etc., ^d ftw Ms second 
^ch eaa aCMsehat dlffKwlt to fOlloir, it res ^rstood that 
his auestioii bad in feet been anaiiered by 00 
ae-eMaKtoati<m of secoM letter the 

inferred reply ftom 00 res, in fact, glfcan^ fre® 

nerep^r COfflattit, felt Ms ffloet recent letter confirms that 
GO Cbakea did ashB a wiitable rc^* 

2he general 1»nor of letters suggests that 

he Bd^t sell he a ”G.F.O. « Flying Saneer entbus^t** md 
the facts presented 1?7 him are not only hard to follw hut 
also show some inc^Mstencies and probable exaggeration in 
his obserretiona tfhic^ in hie letters, are heavily 
inter^raed Mth his ore personal si^positims. 

r^rted sighting has not been sagprported or 
confinaed by any other similar sighting r^ort and from 
observations he offers, it is not possible to offer any 
explanation as to -sdiat the particular phenomena may have been. 

A reply 

forrerded by this department, 

previous letters is now being 

u ^ 



Air Secretary 


All Correspondence should be addressed to: 


* ^aiNGTON C. I." 

In reply refer to 

REF. No. 39/3/3 



20 Jamaiy 19^1 

Minister of Defence 

previous letters, which -were referred to this 
departnent by Ohakea, had been studied and vie re being held 
pending the receipt of any other supporting or confiimatoiy 
reports of this phenomena from other sources, but so far no 
other reports have been received. 

In first letter, dated 9 November 19^0, he 

asked of the CO Ohakea specifically "if a fast jet of your 
command was travelling solo on a course roughly t^ue west to 
east - across Havre’s Bay" etc., and from his second letter, 
which was somewhat difficult to follow, it was understood that 
his question had in fact been answered by GO Ohakea. 

Pe~ examination second letter shows that the 

inferred reply from CO Ohakea was, in fact, gleaned from 
newspaper coiranent, but his most recent letter confimis that 
CO Ohakea did make a suitable reply. 

The general tenor of letters suggests that 

he might well be a "U.F.O. - Flying Saucer enthusiast" and 
the facts presented by him are not only hard to follow but 
also show some inconsistencies and probable exaggeration in 
his observations vdiich in his letters, are heavily 
interspersed with his own personal suppositions. 

reported sitting has not been supported or 
confiimed by any other similar sighting repoid; and from the 
observations he offers, it is not possible to offer any 
explanation as to ^at the particular phenomena may have been. 

A reply previous letters is now being 

for.varded by this department. 


lu % 

'Mr 06 ft. fi 

9 January j 1961. 

Dear i" ^ 

I'h&nk you for your letter <:-f the 3 Janua 3 ?y. 
The Hon* Mr Oerard iii also Minister of Forests and 
no doubt you will be hearing frosi him shortly regard- 
ing your p^vious representations# 

I have been very interested In what you say 
about the object which was sighted over Dannevir^ 
recently and am having some enquiry made regarding it# 

With kind regards I 

Yours since rely I 



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Air Department V/el ling ton 
2i NovemlDer i960 
OH 3 / 1/1 


i • Attached are two letters received by this Station 
from . of Dannevirke. 

2. As Ohakea had no aircraft flying over Hawkes Bay at 

the time states he saw the vapour trails, the 

letters are forwarded for your consideration* 

3 . This station has advised that his letters 

have been forwarded to the Air Department. 

(D.R. SMITH Pg.Off. ) 
for Group Captain, Commanding 
RNZAP Station Ohakea. 


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: RN2/ V' Station Ohalces! 

: Air Department Wellington 
i 21 November 1 960 
: OH 3/*l/i//IR 


i • /.ttached are two letters received by this Station 

of Dannevirke, 

2. Ohakea had no aircraft 
the time states he 
letters are forwarded for your 

3. This station has advised 
have been forwarded to the /.ir 

flying over Hav/kes Bay at 
saw the vapour trails, the 

that his letters 
Department* • 

(D.H.f^KITH Pg.Off.) 
tor Group Captain, Comaianding 
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24 August X953 

Bear Sir, 

fkmtk ym for your letter dated ?1 1959 regarding the phenaaenon 

idsioSh yea and. your family observed* fhe matter is tjelng l^sti^ted 

I a^jih to iqpoiogise for tHe delacr in snsweqpiijg your letter, laut this 
was oQcasioaed thread »y abs«ioe due to infljs^Mia* 


The Officer Coinmanding, 
Royal Hew Zealand Air 

cJalcalca , v} hi so 

31st July^ 1969o 


It is Vv’ith some diffidence that I make the followin^i 
report to you* Before doing so I v/ish to state that I do not 
want any publicity in any form. 

Last night at 9.40pm my wife, two children and I 
sav) to the south a "Star" swinging in the air. We watched at 
till lOoSOom when it sailed in a direct line out of aight. 

Unfortunately the only trained observer I could _ 
pins' upa Squadron Leader Hayter was not at home. 
thus subject to error due to lack ox special skill. will 
however say that I owned a boat for ten years on ^aiheke Island, 
^d am accustomed to sailing at night by navigation lighta. 

The "Star" behaved in a very unstar like manner. 

'A'hen the stai' was observed through field glasses 
a clear oval form could be seen. The planes of the ellipse 
changed often as did the strength of the light ana its colour. 
At no time did the ”Ste.r'* come close. It might have been 
anythini^ from three miles distance to infinity* 


Again I will say that I want the matter kept 

Yours faithfully^ 


?0: Director of 


Tir--TmTjTlgT''''''T^ giariX^C- 

Attached for your 

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CFN CO 12 • CO 12 24S 


New Zealand Joint Staff Mission 

3101 Cleveland Avenue, N. W. 
Washington 8, D. C. 

JSM 1/10/18 



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TEOERAL 7-3-4-40 

MEMORAiroUM for: 

Air Department, 
Wellington, New Zealand 

Attention: C«A.S. 


December 1957 


Forwarded herewith is Press release covering the 
results of 10 years investigation and evaluation of unidentified 
flying objects by the United States Air Force* In this report the 
Air Force states that no evidence has been discovered to confirm 
the existence of so-called Flying Saucers. 

A further copy of this report is being sought and 
VTill be sent to D.S.I.R, who have expressed interest in such findings. 


T.F. GILL, Air Commodore 
N.Z. Joint Staff Mission. 




^ ) 


pleUe note date 


NOVEKlBER 5, . 1957 

Washington 25, D. C. 

NOo 1083-57 

LI 5-6700 Ext. 75131 


In response to queries as to results of previous investiga- 
tion of Unidentified Flying Object reports, the Air. Force said to- 
day that after 10 years of investigation and evaluation of UFO’s, 
no evidence has been discovered to confirm the existence of so- 
called "Flying Saucers." 

Reporting, investigation, analysis and evaluation procedures 
have improved considerably since the first sighting of a "flying 
saucer" was made. on 27 June 1947-. The study and analysis of re- 
ported sightings of UFO’s is conducted by a selected scientific 
group under the supervision of the Air Force. 

Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Professor of Astrophysics and Astronomy at 
Ohio State University, is the Chief Scientific Consultant to the 
Air Force on the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects. 

The selected, qualified scientists, engineers, and other per- 
sonnel Involved in these analyses are completely objective and 
open minded on the subject of "flying saucers." They apply 
scientific methods of examination to all cases in reaching their 
conclusions. The attempted identification of the phenomenon ob-,. 
served is generally derived from human Impressions and interpreta- 
tions and not from scientific devices or measurements. The data in ^ 
the sightings repDi^ted are almost Invariably sub^ctive In nature; How- 
ever, no report is considered unsuitable for study and categorization .and 
no lack of valid evidence of physical matter in the’ case studies is 
assuifled to be "nrima facie" evidence that so-called "flying saucers" 
or Interplanetary vehicles do not exist. 

General categories of, identification are balloons, aircraft, 
astronoraical, other, . insufficient data and unknowns; 

Approximately 4,000 balloons are released in the U. S. every 
day. There are two general types of balloons; weather balloons 
and upper-air research balloons. Balloons will vary from small 

■ types 4 feet in diameter to, large types 200 feet' in diameter. The 

j majority released at night carry running lights which often contri- 

■ bute to weird or unusual appearances when observed at night. This 

also holds true when observed near dawn or sunset because of the 
effect of the slant rays of the sun upon the balloon surfaces. The. 
large balloons, if caught in Jet streams, may assume a near hori- 
zontal position when partially inflated, and move with speeds of 
over 200 MPH. Large types may be observed flattened on top. The 
effect of the latter two conditions can be startling even to ex- 
perienced pilots, MORE 

Many modern air crafty particularly swept and delta wing 
under adverse weather and sighting conditions are reported as 
unusual objects and “flying saucers.” When observed at high alti-^ 
tudes, reflecting sunlight off their surfaces, or when only tt r Jet 
exhausts are visible at night, aircraft can have appearances r<...ig~ 
ing from disc to rocket in shape. Single Jet bombers having multi- 
jet pods under their swept-back wings have been reported as UFOs or 
“saucers" in "V" formation. Vapor trails will often appear to glow 
with fiery red or orange streaks when reflecting sunlight. After- 
burners are frequently repox*ted as UFCSo 

The astronomicalfCategory includes bright stars, planets, 
meteors, comets, and other celestial bodies. When observed through 
haze, light’ fog, or moving clouds, the planets Veny-S, Mars, and 
Jupiter have, often been reported as unconventional, .moving objects. 
Attempts to observe astronomical bodies through hand.rheld binoculars 
under adverse sky conditions has been- a source of many UFO reports. 

The "other" categoi’y includes reflections, searchlights, birds, 
kites, blimps, clouds, sun-dogs, spurious radar indications, hoaxes, 
firework displays, flares, firebalis, ice cyrstals, bolides, etc., 
as examples; ‘ Large Canadian geese flying low over, a city at .night, 
with street lights reflecting off their bodies; searchlights playing 
on scattered clouds, appearing as moving disc-like shapes. 

The insufficient data category Include all sightings where 
essential or pertinent items of information are missing, making it 
impossible .to form a valid conclusion. These include description 
of the size, shape or color of the object; direction and altitude; 
exact time and location; wind weather conditions, etc. This cate- 
gory is not used as a convenient wa.y to get rid of iiyhat might be re- 
ferred to as "unknowns". However, if the data received is insuf- 
ficient or unrelated, the analysts must then place that particular 
renort in this category. The Air Force needs complete information 
to^ reach a valid conclusion. Air Force officials stressed the fact 
that an observer’ should send a complete report of a bona xide sight- 
ing to the nearest Air Force activity. There the report will be 
promptly forwarded to the proper office for analysis and evaluation, 

A sighting is considered an "unknown" when a report contains^ 
all pertinent data necessary to normally suggest at least one 
hypothesis on the cause cr explanation of the sighting but when the 
description of the object and its maneuvers cannot be correlated 
with any known object or phenomenon. In its Project Blue Book 
Special Report $l4, re3_eased in October, 1953^ "the Air Force shovjed 
that evaluated sightings in the "unknown" category had .been reduced 
to 3^ ht that time. 

Previously "unknown" sightings had been 9^ in 1953 and 195^. and 
in the previous years "flying saucer" sightings had run as high as 
20% "unknowns." Project Blue Book Special Report #l4, covered 
"flying saucer" investigations from June 19^7 to May 1953* Latest 
Air Force statistics show the number of unknowns has since been X'e- 
duced to less than 2%. 

. A-v?' -:r?'Ef;;Q4£aavS^r';'-a»>^- s^”-.i 

The following table presents the results of the evaluation of 
all reports received by the Air Force from the time Project Blue 

Book. 'Special Report #14 was completed through June ^957 * The table 
giveL ;he percentage of all the reports received by the Air Force 
during each time period. 




Other (Hoax, searchlight, birds, etc ) 
Insufficient Information 



June thru 



January thru 


26 . 05 ^ 


29. 35^ 











12 . 15 ? 






Air Force conclusions for the ten years of UFO sightings in- 
volving approximately 5^700 reports were; first, there is no evidence 
that the ’’unknowns” were inimical or hostile; second, there is no 
evidence that these "unknowns" were interplanetary space ships; third, 
there is no evidence that these unknowns represented technological 
developments or principles outside the range of our present day 
scientific knowledge; fourth, there is no evidence that these 
"unknowns" were a threat to the security of the country; and finally 
there was no physical or material evidence, not even a minute frag- 
ment, of a so-called "flying saucer" was ever found. 

The Air Force emphasized the belief that if more immediate 
detailed objective observational data could have been obtained on the 
"unknowns" these too would have been satisfactorily explained. 

A critical examination of the reports revealed that a high 
percentage of them were submitted by serious people, mystified by 
what they had seen and motivated by patriotic responsibility. 

Reports of UFOs have aroused much Interest on this subject 
throughout the country and a number of civilian clubs, committees and 
organizations have been formed to study or investigate air phenomena. 
These private organizations are not governmental agencies and do not 
reflect official opinion with respect to their theories or beliefs 
based upon observed phenomena or illusions. 

No books, motion pictures, pamphlets, or other informational 
material on the subject of unidentified flying objects have been 
cleared, sponsored, or otherwise coordinated by the U. S. Air Force, 
with the exception of the official press releases issued by Head- 
quarters, USAF, in Washington. 

The Air Poroe^ assigned the responsibility for the Air Defense 
of the United States, will continue to ihvestigatq, through the Air 
Defense Command, all reports of unusual aerial objects over the J.S., 
including objects that may become laoeled Unidentifiea Flying Ob- 
lects. The services of qualified scientists and technicians will 
continue to be utilized to investigate and analyze these reports, 
periodic public statements will be made as warranted. 



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Did You See-) 
This? . ^ 

Although he has many fly- 
ing hours to his credit and is 
one of the pioneers of private 
flyiiig in tlahterbury, Mr I?. • 
Shai'man has never seen an 
object in the air siXfeh as he 
pbserved last night. 

Mr Sharman’s attention was 
.first drawn to a peculiar 
shaded light In the sky. This 
was like a horseshoe \Hth the 
ends pointiBg io- ^ south, 
and stationed over ^uth 

As he watched, he noticed 
a < donghnutishaped , object 
with crinkly edges, passing 
through the arms of the 
- horseshoe. He watched this 
i object' come through a 
j numher • of . times and it i 
j ' seemdd^' afe • though it jras 
flying round in circles. 

‘ From his experience, Mr 
Sharman estimated that the 
i object was no higher than 300 
j to 500ft in the air, but during 
! his half hour’s observation, 
he could find no explanation 
for it. . . 

/ / ' 


„ Ini it ala. 

Another Account 
Of Bright Object 
In Southeth .Sky 

A flying object -whic^i change? col- 
ours from pale lemon thz’ough a 
range to blood red was seen by Jan- 
et King, of Elizabeth Street and 11 
■other people in the street between 
8.40 and 9.20 on Saturday night. 
This apparently is the same 
that was reported from Lake Rotoiti 
and Whitfield Road yesterday. 

The object, Janet said, lay due 
south from Rotorua and looked like 
a very brig-ht light. about 30 

degrees up in the sky-X ^ NOV 
It seemed to blink and it moWa 
with each blink. While it anoved, it 
did not go out of a certain field m 
that quarter of the sky. 

One of the strangest things about 
the light was that it was strong 
i enough to -shine through light cloud. 
The object appeared to be about the 
size of VenuiS. . j- j a 

After its display, the object faded 

^ 5 NOV . 35 / 


ilrange, flying 
i light seen in 
1 16 hely va|jjey 
. ngarMilferl 

Two - med who saiy . a strange 
flying light over a lonely stretch, of 
the Eglinton Valley late on Wed- 
,nesday. night say that it was both 
propelled and . controlled. 

Mr E,- R. Robinson, a. patrol officer 
for the Automobile Association (South- 
land) said today he was driving down 
the valley in a van with Mr L. Isra el- 
son, a cook from the Milford hostel, 
when the light first appeared. 

! ‘‘It came round the shoulder of a 
• hill and flew directly towards ,us. Then, 
i as though it saw the headlights of . 
; the van, it stopped, hovered and then ’ 
j made off over the hill towards . the 
I coast. ■ 

■•v/e climbed back into the van and 
were about to drive off when we saw it 
again. After we had watched it for 
some time it moved off ,at terrific 
speed, climbing at an angle of about 
45 degrees over the hills. We watched'^ 
it altogether for between five and 
eight minutes.’" 

Mr Robinson is definite on two 
particular points: The object was 
no ordinary aircraft and .it was no 
star of trick of the weather. 

“The experts won’t talk me into 
that, he said. 

He described the object as being 
i like a. big, flaming Tilley Lamp. He 
. and his companion. estimated its height 
at about 500 feet. They made this 
estimate by judging the objects’ height 
in comparison with the height of the 
nearby hills. ' 

“It was definitely down in the valley 
below the hfeight of the hills. It did 
not nlake a sound but there was a 
haze on the top of the trees where its 
light shone." 

The two men were about 31 miles 
on the Milford side of The Anau 
when the. object appeared. The time 
was 11.20 p.m. and the night was dark 
and cloudy. 

“I don’t mind admitting l' wasn’t 
feeling too happy when it was heading 
straight towards us," said Mr Robinson. 

Asked why he considered it was 
both propelled and controlled, he said 
that it moved in two directions while 
they were watching and climbed away 
at quite a steep angle. 

‘Before Wednesday night Mr Israel- 
son OK^'t believe in these spaceship 
and fl.ymg saucer stories. But now . . 
well he s not so sure.” said Mr Robin- 


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Air Department, 
Private Bag, 

17 September 1957 

Mr. J.G. Sands, 

Civil Aviation Administration, 
Regional Office, 


Dear Mr . Sands , 

Thank you for your letter of 17 September reporting 
the unidentified flying object which you witnessed at 
5 a,m. this morning. 

Without any further detailed information it is a 
little difficult to investigate this matter, but we will 
certainly arrange to eliminate all the normal poesibilitiee. 
If anything of interest is discovered, I shall let you 

Yours sincerely, 

R.N.Z.A.F.— Form 683b 



Registry File No. 


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26 August, 

ISc iI*H* Fulton, 

Dcsninidn Pai^stdent, 

Civilian Sauoer Iiivestigaticsi (HS), 

P.O. Box 72 , 



Dear Sir, 

Your letter dated J August 19!57, in ^lich you recjuest Aetailc csT a reported 
sighting of an "unidentified flying object” at Ohekea m 1? or 18 Jme last, is 
ackno?fledged • 

I have to advise that liite caaly musuol radar indication on the dates you 
mention vnae of sn aj^arcsitly almost stationary objects This ms due to a radar 
reflector descending trm. a burst raeteorological balloon beoocsing teE^oraarlly 
retarded in its descent x^jon reaehijig a tes^erature inversicsi layer* 

Yours faithfully, 

iitli septciiibex*, 1957 

The Director* 

Carter Observatory* 

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2 The report would appear “^^iserep^ies. As to the 

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the report ha^ p that date, 

aireiaft movements on xnat u. 

3 The covering letter of 
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is herewith returned 


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circulating in Hastings, this mornings The “object” was 
I also reported to be visible; for sototim over Napier. One 
Hastings young man' took k-pKo^graph of it, and another 
report attached a noise to' it 

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May ^>th, 1951, approxi’iiately U. 3^ o.m. in the early avaiani*.. 

1 . vva a na V i g a t i ng the R o sa , a fishing h o a t ^ of f P orfe 0 i>a r s uu the 
Oororaaxidel coast. I hold a third engineer’s ticket, and was cakiJig 
the Rosa from the port of Tanrariga to Auckland, where it was to he 
delivered to its owner* I was approaching Channel Island which 
is several miles offshore and off Cape Colville, when I noticed an 
irregular smoke trail which seemed to rise from behind the island. 
This smoke trali twisted in an erratic across the sky in a 
westerly direction. As I came abreast of and cleared Channel Island 
I saw the smoke trails were not from a fire on the island as I had 
at first imagined, but were out over the Hauraki Gulf. Actually, I 
had thought the smoke oatterns in the sky looked a bit unusual, but 
hadn’t thought much about it. 

Watching this maze of smoke trails in the sky, I saw a new trail 
being formed, and my eye followed the movement until I came to 
the so\ 3 rce of the smoke. I saw an oval, disc -shaped object from 
which the smoke or fumes were streaming. At first I could not 
believe what I was seeing, and felt that something might have gone 
v;rong with my eyes. Peeling very disturbed I left the wheel and 
walked around the Rosa, looking at various items of gear on the deck. 
Everything was all right and I felt more sura of myself. I was 
alone on the boat, unfortunately. 

I went forward again, and watched the thing in the s3sy. The 
object was a fairly narrow oval seen travelling horizontally, and 
both upper and lower surfaces were similarly curved. Two shallow 
convex surfaces fitted together face to face would be roughly 


s-iini to its arH.esrsnc*. Smoke Bti'eamed awsy fx-on- it-s Bides as it. moved 
on an irregnlar, constantly otenging conr-se tiiroogh the sky. Tiie sm wee 
setf.jrg, ha3.f its disc being beneath the horizon. Looking across about 
25 miles of water the horizon in this case was the sea. 

AS I watched, the obieci approached me at a slight angle, bearing 
to the left. It then tilted at a steep angle and shooting xipwards, 
showed its circular shape clearly. She object was well above the 
glare of the sun, and my view of it was not affected by dazzle. It 
appeared as big as a florin held at arm's length. The rapid manoeuvres 
it made covered an aro of about 15 degrees. The thing txirned through 
every possible angle during these manoeuvres, and for a period of at 
least twenty minutes I watched these movements, while I steered 
the Rosa out towards the Hauraki Gulf. 

These peculiar and rapid gyrations were confined to an area 
approximately equal to two feet in diameter at arm's length, and 0 
as described above, an angle of about 15 degrees vertically. The 
late afternoon was very calm, and there was no wind. Tne lower sky 
was quite clear of cloud, but tte re were streaks of cirrus at a high 
altitude, almost overhead. The object was moving in an area of sky 
above the setting sun and its glare, but below these high clouds. I 
was thus able to see it very clearly. 

Not knowing the actual size of the object makes it hard for me to 

say how far away it was. I believe though that the object was 

some miles distant. The object was very clearly defined. Smoke poured 

out from its curving sides, narrowed immediately behind, tnen bro^ilene5\ 

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out into a widening but thinning wake astern. 

dark greyish colour and the trails remained in the sky for at \ / 

The smokei 

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mirmtes bef ox-fi 

Ob 3 e ^ w a s sti o v i 2ig w & s t> i*as he a v i ly 
firm & .nd c 1 oa r , o t he r 3 fa di ng . The 

trails from blov/ing away. 

The area of sky in whioh the 
patterned with these trails, sana 
calm air helded to keep the 

The object appeared greyish - a dark grey or neutral shade, and 
did not reflect. Had the object been made of polished aluminium, say, 
it would not have reflected light, the sun being beneath and to the 
left of it. The object was thus northwest of the setting sun. Had it 
been an aircraft it would not have reflected light from this position 
in the sky, and would possibly have been a similar dark colour. 

It gave me the unmistakable impression that it was some form of 
controlled flying machine, but its flight was so rapid that by 
comparison, a jet plane would appear ridiculously slow. I want to make 
that clear. The thing was being flown, or directed. Somebody was 
flying it. 

I must also stress that I saw this object in clear daylight, and 
as it made so many movemsnts in the sky, plunging, heeling over, 
ascending swiftly and taming through every imaginable angle in its 
flight, I was able to get an unmistakable impression of its shape. 

It was a huge disc. Its rapid movements suggested tremendous power — 
moving in horizontal flight it appeared to cover a distance of miles 
in as many seconds. 

I consider that it was a very large object, and may have been several 
hundred feet in diameter. • It was as large, I thought, as a big 
Pen American airliner. I make this statement having seen Pan 

American airliners at what I believe to be approximately the same 

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dlF'" ace. I must say again most decidedly that, whet I saw that 
afternoon was some form of flying aia chine. I do not Know of any 
aircraft which can move with such amazing speed. All tiarris made hy 
the object were curving, as illustrated in the rough sketch, v/hich 
is of course merely a simplified picture of the complicated movement, s 

it made. 

Just before flying <tf it levelled out, and then moved away very 
rapidly in horizontal flight, passing over the mainland in the 
direction of Warkworth and Cape Rodney, in the upper Hauraki Gulf. 

The tangle of smoke trails remained for some time, and slowly faded 
out in the evening sky. During all these rapi manoeuvres I heard 
no sound. However, the noise my boat engine was making may have 
muffled out any other sound. While I was watching the object diving 
and wheeling in the sky the sun went down beneath the horizon. It 
was daylight thor-gh when the object suddenly flew off over the 

A navy pat rol boat followed me up the Coromanael coast - I saw 
this boat tied up at the Whitianga wharf, in Mercury Bay. Leaving 
some tirt© after I sailed from Whitianga, this boat overtook me 
just after dark, hailing me as it passed. I’d had engine trouble 
earlier in my trip, and they wanted to know if I was all right. I 
have wondered since if the crew also saw the object, or if they were 
too far astern during daylight to have noticed anything. 

The object was well out over the Hauraki Gulf when it performed 
its unusual manoeuvres. When I arrived in Auckland I mentioned 
what I had seen to the owner of the Rosa, who was sceptical. Apart 

tabling my wife members of my wh^it T I have 

n,c soolcen abO!;.t, t)>-: a pie ode until persuaded to make this repoi’l 
by a friend, -who heard of my experie-nce from mj’ brother* I watched 
the newspapers for some days after delivering the Kosa, expecting 
to hear reports of the object passing over the country districts 
north of Auckland city, but nothing appeared. 

I am a licensed skipper of the Tauranga Big wame Wishing Club, and 
am also a builder. I have lived at Mount Maunganui for slightly over 
twenty years, and have been outt in coastal waters a lot during that 
time, but have neVer before seen anything even remotely similar 
to the object described in this account. The description given is as 
accurate as I can make it. I feel that what I saw is important 
enough to justify study, and hope tliat this report, fantastic as it 
may appear, will be given serious consideration. 

July 2 1st 1957* 

i have kno-«n ... ' since 1946, and can testify that he 

is a most raliahle person. He has previously been very .scapSical 
about reports of unidentified flying objects. No<v ho-jevor he is 
most assured about what he has seen and feels that it is not a 
matter for- arg-utieAt* 

ha a ‘b'30-U ^ v«ry succsossful skipper in the Tauraiiga 
Big Game J-'ishing Club fleet, and the boat piloted by him during the 
1957 season caught the highest tally of striped marlin. 

Knowing his praotioal' attitiids and steadiness, I am prepared to 
accept the accuracy of his report, and with him, hope that this 
description of a strange flying object will bo given serious 
consideration. I would like to add again tlist is very 

emphatic that it was a controlled object — a flying machine with 
rernarka'ble cspahiliti^s* 

Moiint Maiingantii. 

July 2Ist 1957- 

Simplified flight pgith of oh^Ject 
as drawn by Turns 

were curving, and the oboect appeared 
to cover distances of several miles in 

a s many se c o nds. 

Appearfti'jce of smoke as it 

swirled away "behind object, which is 
here roughly drawn by 


6 MAY 1957 


I Letter to Editor 

glittering object 

Sir,— The report of Mr 
Maude Street, TeinukU, sighting a 
Ottering object spip« W W 
g^den, gives us great sU^achon, 
for, in the coinpahx.;?f'‘a»o^«^ 
adult, we watched a o^ect 

for fully five or'six oyer 

the northern end of bi^. ground, the 
same day. . • at 

It was May 1 

the time we werejeng^rpssed watch^ 
ing large quaiitiUe^: of Angel s 
TTair swirling dbi^ ' &pm one par- 


when our attention' ;wa? drawn to 
a guttering object, 
inverted dinner-platp, of say 18m 
in diameter, revolving at a tre 
mehdous speed, in a 
direction. The height when first 
spotted was no more than 20 ft, ^ at 
a distance of appro^ately 25 ft 
from the -nordiern end of our resi- 
dence. On approaching for a closer 
inspection, the object ^ot up ye^ 

' tic^y, disappearing completely 
and giving every indication of be- 
ing reraotd controlled. . 

We are fully convmcedj through 
our knowledge gained from data 

: coUected from overseas and of our 

I own country, that space ships send 
i out identical discs, tes^g;ineteoro- 
• logical CQnditidfte;;;.;toainiy for 

■ atonuc ra&atiohi^W“9^^ ^ 
greatly concerned-»*aOT^ , the 
present gdd'^^^ 

have sec&7il3dng;'^ucers_ ' at;^ 
range, and , the‘;6bjecf; ^i^ted was 

simUar to tiie la^^' W ^ 

nuiii^tur6« ' In :, ' 0* Allege 

visitors front sj^bi lbi^ capable 
of proving hicprr^t^^^ we 

would be^^path/:fe^stl^^ 

( f ais ft rtimbbrs apwitolh^ 

• matters.' .. 

1 To those who hhye nof had the 
t experience' of Jf hlmdling; ^ ; Ahgel[s 
. Hair, may we ppihtj outith^ 
simple -to! diffeibutiale, ^ between 
spider threadrwhich, th^ time 

• of the year is also malting fp- 
^ pearance in great lengths, for there 

• is such an incomparable difference 
- between colour and texture. It 
■ has been analysed' in many coun- 
' tries, and no decision has ever been 

• arrived at to prove that It has not 
come from any pthbr sourse than 

I that we are about to describe. It 

• originates from a ' liquid termed 
^ heavy water used. ;in the batteries 

of carrier-space ships, jettisoned 
for some reason of their own, 
which soUdifies when striking our 
atmosphere, disintegrating as it 
nears the earth, manifesting into 
longer and finer lengths of up to 
40ft long. It is a bluish white colour, 
on handling proves to be of a 
stretchy fibrous texture, dissolvmg 
when handling, lea/tog no stain or 
odour, and apparently not in- 
jurious in any way. We have re- 
ceived numerous reports of Angel's 
Hair being sighted recently around 
the district from Clandeboye to 

Uii *fHV , 

investigator s 

- RORTHHB1 ADVpc*. ' ' ' 



was that they came from other 
of 150 at Whanprei Tqiyn Hall 

la^ mght. reported, sightings 

of unidentified ‘ flying - f J^cte 
throughout New Zealand dunn| 

the last five years, 

per cent could possibly be ex 

plained as natural phenomena. 


The remainder he claimed w^e 
actual observations of extra-ter 

^^M?Fu1.lon illustrated his lect- 
11 with 63 lantern slides. 

Between September 1, 1952, and 
oSober 30, 1956, he said, the 
i Northern Advocate had ^epo^d 
\22 observations of 
flying objects over Nortoland. 
Forty-six people had shared the 


first reported in the United State, 
in Tune 1947, Mr Fulton said. 

li Fulton said • that saucer* 
were sighted mainly during 
iods wheh the earth was closes 
to Mars, which occunred every 2 

“'SiS^g the last such period th 
New Zealand organisation had re 

ceived more than 100 saucer 

1 ^^^OBJECTIVE^ explained 
Mr Fulton said the CSI y as 
non-profit, voluntary organfsatu 
with 350 financial members. 

Its purpose was to help peop 
find the facts about ' umdentifi< 
flying objects. 

Mr Fulton is a member ot t 
1 RNZAF engineering section 

Invasion Preparations Under Way 



For the '*New Zealand Free Lance.” 

All the townsfolk of Stafford, a market town on the Welsh border, ai 
to get their best bedrooms ready for visitors fronn outer space — due 
the outskirts of the town any time between now and the next ; 

QAUSE of the bother is 34-year-old 
Gavin Gibbons, a serious, stoop- 
shouldered young man, who, having 
spent two years looking into reports 
of flying saucers seen in the vicinity 
of Stafford, felt he must warn 
Staffordians that their town has been 
l»icked as a landing base. 

The spot chosen for touch-down, he 
believes, is a disused airfield in the 
surrounding country-side. According 
to Gibbons, the 30 or more flying 
saucers sighted in that period, (since 
when he has seen nine himself) were 
obviously reconnaissance craft spy- 
ing out the land. 

“It is perfectly possible that land- 
ings will be made simultaneously in 
several countries,” he said. “Perhaps 
hundreds of sites have been the sub- 
ject of the spacemen’s investigations. 
But in Britain they seem to have 
chosen Stafford. 

Why? It Is a town large enough 
to ensure a sufficient number of 
people available to be won over 
to the essentially peaceful pur- 
pose of the invasion, yet small 
enough to permit of military 
handling in the event of any mis- 
understanding . . 

He is convinced that though the 
whole world will hear of the land- 
ing within five minutes of its occur- 
rence — the spacemen will paralyse 
nonnal methods of communication 
by means of secret rays, and work 
telepathically on the minds of people 
in Stafford- They hope in this way to 
have established a bridgehead before 
anyone from outside can intei’fere. 

“Must Be Friendly” 

Gibbons, a modern Shropshire lad, 
urges everyone not to give the cold 
shoulder to the sky-men, but to invite 
them in for a glass of ale — or milk. 
He, himself, as he takes pains to con- 
iinn, is a strict teetotaller. 

“We must be friendly at all costs,’’ 
he insists. “Their objects tvill un- 
doubtedly be to make peace for us 
on earth, and we shall have little 
diance to stop them. If we lire on 
1 hem they will throw out a protective 
screen, and our bullets will bounce 
nght back in our facesl” 

This Welsh-born saucer expert 
dared to give one vicar in the 
district an amended text for his 
C^hristmas sermon. It ran like this: 
“And lo! They saw a flying saucer in 
the east . . 

The vicar was not converted lo this 
modern approach. 

“But you know,” Gibbons insisted, 
“The star of Bethlehem could easily 
have been a flying saucer, bringing 
Wise Men from Space . . 

So firm is his faith in “soser wib” 
(Welsh version of the fljdng saucer) 
that he went on to write a book 
called “The Coming of the Space 
Ship,” which set his amazing theories 
out in detail. 

In it he delivered a broadside to 
an .Australian, Professor van der Riet 
Wooley, new British Astronomer 
Royal, who dismissed saucer-sightings 
as “utter bilge.” 

With typical Welsh fervour and 
biblical conviction, he cited the say- 
ing, “In My Father’s House there are 
many mansions . . “Who are v;e,” 
he declaims, “to say tliat this could 
not refer to other worlds and other 

ago discarded the 
of war and criai 
civilisation, and w 
benefit of their ej 
Two local vicars 
him up. Says R^-^ 
rector of Aldridg 2 , 
Gibbons may wefl 
has always spoke 
and powers in tin 
These strange _ j 
ported by so mpr 
may well be pjrt 
tions to contact as 
A Fellow of tie 
cal Society, he la: 
lens telescope ii 1 
he can investigHe 
explosions on Mir 
signals from th^i 
Rev. Cedric Iv 
vicar of Seighffer 
have no doubt ^ 

nine flying saucers. 

peoples?” And he points out that 
there have been reports of strange 
things seen in the skies since the 
days of ancient Rome. “We have been 
watched for a very long time!” 

On the flyleaf of his “saucer” book 
Gibbons wrote in Welsh: “Other 

sheep have I that are not of this fold.” 
He told me; “That could refer to a 
race of supermen in the ether. They 
might be what some call angels, of 
course. Certainly they are persons of 
superior intellect to oiir own, and 
desire to help us out of the mess 
we are drifting into. They have long 

sible.” Two years 
have seen “a gre<: 
ing in the sky c 
window. It had ? 
about 25ft. wide, 
above it . . 

Alderman Hora: 
of Stafford, is s 
from other plane 
town that he is & 
red carpet on the 
“We in Staffer 
put them up, and 
in here, I am qui 
couple in my o' 

' 1 : 



irrive on 

lid absurdities 
mmon to our 
to give us the 

ready to back 
maid Carimel, 
’ordshire: “Mr. 
ght. The Bible 

GEORGE J. STOCK took this picture of a vimana, “reconnaissance craft,” 
over Passiac, United States of America, on July 29, 1952. 

ivenly system, 
testations re- 
fferent people 
their prepara- 

^al Astroncani- 
It a nine-in ch- 
ectory so that 
orts of atomic 
1 flashing-light 

t, 67-year-old 
taffs, said: “I 
vasion is pos- 

to have seen 

friendly man, and I coiild easily make 
them -understand that -we have no 
hostile feelings to-ward them . . 

A team of spare-time observers in 
the to-\vn are ready to let Gavin Gib- 
bons know the minute the saucers 
touch down. 

They are encouraged by his dictum 
that “there can never be too many 
of us on the look-out . . . don’t take 
it for granted that the vapour jtrail 
winding across the heavens comes 
from an airplane. Find the machine if 
you can and make sure that it is 
something familiar. Study cloud for- 
mation and the stars. While you are 
s'^udying these natural phenomena, 
something extra-terrestrial, some- 
thing more startling, may sail into 
your field of view.” 

Reports Flood In 

Incidental reports come flooding in. 
Three men in an RA.F. lorry leaving 
an airfield near Shre.vsbury saw an 
unidentifiable, huge egg-shaped craft 
flying faster than any known make of 
jet could travel, leaving a silvery 
vapoiu’ trail. It glowed with a deep 
golden brilliance. 

A re'ired railwayman m the dis- 
trict saw an object in the sky looking 
like a fountain pen. He said it was 
dull grey except for the front part, 
■vvhich shone, and seemed to be made 
up of several colours. Schoolgirls re- 
ported a group of “stars” moving 

special frame of mind,” he says. 
“Some of my watchers spot them 
-when washing up or doing something 
equally prosaic. One of the signs that 
you are about to spot one is a tickling 
sensation in the nose.” 

Mr. Gibbons sees no inconsistency 
in the remarkable diversity of flying 
saucer descriptions. He has classified 
them and given them names — ^like a 
space-ship fleet. 

Type one are vulyas, vast 
metallic discs; another kind are 
vunus, cigar-shaped. Reconnais- 
sance craft he calls vimanas. The 
unmanned “scanners” are named 

This public school and Oxford man 
maintains that the British Govern- 
ment — in league with most other gov- 
ernments — “must have issued secret 
orders to scientists and civil servants. 
Obviously they have been urged 
resolutely to deny the existence of 
flying saucers.” The reason, he pre- 
sumes, is that they are afraid of a 
widespread panic if his theory of an 
imminent invasion from outer space 
catches on with the public. 
Apparent Sincerity 
“But did the public flinch from 
Dunkirk or Pearl Harbour?” he asks. 
“They did not. If told the truth they 
would face up to it bravely. They 
must be told in order to prepare them 
for the startling reoi'ganisalion that 

nf-Avaj''^ in an odd circular move- will surely follow any mass flying- 

he claimed to menl above their heads as they went saucer landings.” 

Iden ball hang- home from school. Window cleaners, Gibbons presents his conclu- 

e my bedroom .iciisewive.s, commex'cial travellers — sions about Saucers with apparent 
i-circular dome -‘U have strange visions to relate, and sincerity. h 

a kind of halo many of them were seen later by gives good reasons (particularly 
others (who confirmed the celails) as reports of incidents witnessed by 
)Ughlan, Mayor hey travelled on. ■ ^ trained air crew) for accepting that 

re that people In Mr. Gibbons opinion small boys strange phenomena have been seen in 
e watching the make the best witnesses. “They notice the sky for which at present no drie 
i to lay out the jo r-ar signi.ficanf details.” can account. S 

they arrive. piying saucers, he says, can be seen ^nd whatever the world at large 
jst be ready to at any time of the day or night, but think about his belief that its 
5 them to settle the best light conditions occur be- civilisation is about to be transformed 
epared to put a tween five and six in the evening. j^y spacemen — it has left the market 
louse. 3 am a “'One doesn’t have to be iii any of Stafford “saucer-eyed.” 


Clviliirji Snii€*er Iiivei 

VOL. 4~-Nc. 2 
14th issue 


Quarterly Magazine of Civilian Saucer Investigation (N.Z.) 

This issue is dedicated in honour and 
fond memory of MRS. ETHNE EARLE 
HAMBER, M.A., who passed away at 
her home in Christchurch on the 12th 
September. Mrs. Hamber, C.S.I. repre- 
sentative since our inauguration, was 
a very fine lady who had a brilliant 
career, and was founder and patron 
of the New Zealand Interplanetary 
Society, serving, as president for a num- 
ber of years. Her loss is a sad one for 
N.2.I.S. and C.S.I. 

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“Project Skywatch,” designed to enable a 
most comprehensive survey of “Unidentified 
Flying Objects,” period August ’56-Pebruary, 
’57, has been successfully launched. Already 
quite an appreciable number of arresting ob- 
servations have been received at headquarters. 

Because the Fijian, Tongan and Samoan 
areas have been somewhat neglected in the past 
and because, too, of the interesting reports re- 
ceived from this theatre recently, we have de- 
cided to include this area of the Pacific in our 
Project Sky watch operation. 

To enable news of our scheme to become 
more widely known and because we have in- 
vited the public’s participation, copies of our 
special bulletin detailing the operation were 
forwarded to all newspapers. We have to thank 
the press for its generous mention of our plans. 
Copies were also sent to New Zealand broad- 
casting stations. 

To further broaden the news cast of our 
project and perhaps bring in some good reports 
from skilled observers, copies of “Skywatch” 
bulletins were forwarded to all New Zealand 
and Pacific Meteorological Stations, Aii’port 
Control Towers and Aer-radio Stations. 

To date we are happy to report that our 
reps, and members are showing proof of their 
genuine interest for the scheme and giving ex- 
cellent co-operation. Many reports (sightings 
and other references) which do not appear in 
the Auckland papers are received, in most cases 
the following day, even from the far south. This 
is truly appreciated, for it permits of very quick 
follow-up action and we have far better chance 
of ascertaining important facts missing in the 
first report. 

Certainly, as our colleagues know, we 
would eventually (about three weeks later) re- 

ceive all tlieye preys mentions J’rojn a press cut- 
iinjf agency, but this is far too late to hope to 
effect good or more certain investigation. We 
are kept well in the picture from all parts of 
the world, by kindred groups, now globally 
located. Our press cutting service also covers 
England, Australia and Japan, the English clips 
arriving weekly by airmail. Certainly such ex- 
tensive coverage is costly and our funds never 
find chance to accumulate, but we are doing the 
very best possible with available resources. We 
still need much essential equipment and it is 
our long hope that one day our cause and work 
will interest or impress the right people who 
may be able to assist in the most effective way 
known to man. 

At this date in mid- August, as I prepare 
this editorial, it does really look as if our fore- 
cast for numerous world- wide sightings of 
UFOs to take place during and following the 
Earth-Mars “opposition,” shows promise of 
again ringing true. Many of our readers may 
have forgotten the forecast we made in Febru- 
ary, 1954, for the second half of ’54. The 
numerous sightings and many hotly disputed 
landings reported in widely separated countries 
of the northern hemisphere, during the months 
June through to December, proved most con- 
clusively the accuracy of our forecast, at that 
time. Civilian researchers received no acknow- 

ledgment from official or press sources, nor arc 
we greatly worried about it. However, the 
events coming as they did when expect'"^ gave 
us great heart and much needed stimiiilis and 
confidence in a field of research dogged by set- 
backs and discouragements generally. We have 
found that the same ground has to be repeatedly 
reploughed and the extraordinai'y evidence 
similarly re-demonstrated in an effort to gain 
proper recognition by those in authority and 
those blinded by an obsession of prejudice in 
the extreme. 

Then seemingly paradoxically, we don’t 
for a moment believe that top world authori- 
ties are in the least blind to the strange goings 
on in our skies. We are just as certain the many 
official denials, interwoven as they are with 
strange contradictory suggestions, are part of 
a long range plan to prepare the peoples of 
the world for astonishing official disclosures 
that must eventually be made. Are the peoples 
of the world ready for such news? must surely 
be their most worried question. For sure, the 
leaders of the great powers know far more 
positive facts about our “Space Visitors” than 
civilian researchers have yet been able to 
muster; that this world has such visitors, we 
have in the main little doubt. 

Meanwhile, on with “Project Sky watch.” 

About Ourselves . . . 


organization, makes a continued research and investiga- 
tion of “Unidentified Flying Objects and Correlated 
happenings.” Membership is invited (£1 per annum). 
Regular monthly meetings and other relevant activities 
are in progress. Full Library facilities. 

Leading Civilian Researchers, world wide, who have 
deeply probed the riddle of the “Unidentified Flying 
Objects,” agree unanimously that there is an overwhelm- 
ing case for the appearance in our skies of real physical 
devices (space going vehicles), controlled by apparent 
superior intelligences, operating from sources as yet alien 
to our world. Such visitations are continuous and periodi- 
cally on the increase, and must lead to extraordinary 
changes in the basic concepts of human beliefs, practice, 
enlightenments, and scientific and technological attain- 
ments. Join our organization and keep abreast of these 
para-normal events. Our beliefs and suspicions are based 
on cold hard facts, as established by the most qualified 
of sources. Only prejudice in some quarters and the un- 
precedented nature of these happenings prevent the 
leaders of the world’s greater nations^ granting official 
recognition of these facts. One thing is deadly certain. 
Sooner or later the authorities must admit of this and 
communicate the news, with, we hope, great wisdom to 
the peoples of our world. 



Director and Dominion President, 

Editor C.S.I. Publication. 

LIONEL PAGE, Secretary. 

MRS. 0. WEITZNER, Librarian. 

Mr. Henk Hinfelaar, Mr. Dan Saunders, Mi\ William 
Doo, Mr. Ray Thomas, Electronics and Sound Recording 

We wish to thank Mr. William Tennent, forced, be- 
cause of poor health, to resign from the committee, most 
sincerely for the assistance he has given us in the past. 
Bill has been with us foi’ 2h years. He has promised to 
be along at our regular monthly meetings to assist when- 
ever health permits. 

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l^’^have looked forward to being- able to have the 
magai ij? fully printed since our inauguration of October, 
1952. fou will agree that the printed cover of our last 
four issues added pi*estige to our quarterly publication; 
with full print we hope to gain lots more. It is an ex- 
pensive venture, but we feel confident that the risk is 
fully justified. With print we have doubled the number 
normally produced, so, Associates, we are relying on you 
all to interest many new subscribers. There is also room 
for more advertising (25/- I page, plus cost of special 
blocks if requix-ed). If you are in business, send in your 
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Associates are strongly advised to ’ enlarge their 
knowledge from the many excellent publications on how 
to better recognise the many common and uncommon 
forms natural phenomena may take. There is no denying 
that many repoi'ted observations of “unusual things in the 
sky” can be truthfully explained as unrecognised mani- 
festations of natural phenomena or mistaken identity. 
Then again, too, we caution those who are too ready to 
lightly dismiss expert obseiwations. That unkind and 
nastily sounding word “ignorance” equally applies to both 

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special concession in price for good Binoculars (centre 
focus, German) which has been genei-ously offered by a 
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Here they are : If you are interested, make your pur- 
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Full permission is granted all other UPO researchers 
to quote or reproduce material from this publication. 
We similarly enjoy this privilege from kindred publica- 
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Newspapei-s, Peiiodicals and others may freely re- 
produce — ^we ask only that credit line be granted the 
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the newspapers for their support in the past; we hope 
they continue, too, and try to interpret our work as a 
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its thirst for knowledge, and as a serious, open-minded, 
but careful search for the ultimate answer to a most 
extraordinai-y problem. Press Reviews much appreciated. 

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Although the June and July attendances were a little 
below average, some 50 members inclusive of friends 
gathered for the August meeting. Mrs. Weitzner and 
Mr. Fulton spoke during the evening, which was followed 
by a most enthusiastic question time (to be a regular 
feature). The meeting was informed of the decisions 
resulting from the 14th August committee meeting, the 
most important being the venture into full print for the 
magazine and the intention of holding a further public 
meeting on 31st October, 1956. 

All attending the meeting were made to feel more 
at ease and an extraordinary atmosphere of friendliness 
was created by the incorporation of the American “idea” 
— cards with names pinned to lapels. In this way, normal 
social barriex's caused through shyness and forgetfulness 
of names were overcome. This is to be a regular feature 

The President in his address suiweyed the official 
scene of UPO investigations since 1947. He pointed out 
the many contx’adictions and the wide disparity of opinions 
made by the various nations’ official spokesmen. This 

was shown by quoting from these statements. Official 
explanations so far engendered were considered totally 
inadequate in every way; it was perfectly obvious that 
“truth” was conspicuous only by its absence in official 
memorandums on UPO research. 

He was also of the opinion that the top direction 
of the astronomical world was ovedue for a big shake-up. 
The attitude of some of the prominent members of this 
science revealed a total lack of enterprise and courage- 
ousness. The colossus of evidence, also obsei'ved and I'e- 
ported on by a sizeable number of professional astrono- 
mers, was as easily ignored and automatically relegated 
to the “taboo erratics” as had the remainder of these 
extraordinai-y happenings in our midst. For a science 
that is supposed to know more about the heavens than 
any other faculty, its present pei-formance in relation to 
the UFO enigma is far from exem]>lary. Top direction 
at present is unfoi-tunately sadly lacking in common sense 
and foresight. Astx’onomy is a woi-thy science. Numer-ous 
persons have been drawn to its ranks in the hope of 
leax-ning something educational following the countless 
appeai-ances of “Unidentified Plying Objects,” yet at an 
astronomical meeting the subject is almost damned. Such 
complacency and nonsensical treatment of a subject that 
should rightfully demand their respect and most urgent 
attentions is plain, absolute folly. 


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Members oJ; GSI were advised to join the astronomi- 
cal societies tlu'ouehout the Dominion. Not only would 
they become better observers of normal sky phenomena, 
but they would also be serving an extremely useful public 
service to the very young folk, who will surely grow up 
to jneet a space age in reality. 

The President also pointed out that each of the 30- 
odd books now available on the subject of UFO research 
all had their value. Although Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt’s 
JECTS,” would be accepted as the most hard-factual ac- 
count of “UFO” finding (as a result of official research), 
nevertheless it was his opinion that Ruppelt only told 
about one-third of the story. Ruppelt waited nearly nine 
months for official sanction of his book. He made a state- 
ment to this effect himself sometime before his book 
appeared. The Donald Quarles' statement of October, 
1955, was made to look ridiculous in the extreme to 
skeptic and believer alike on their reading Ruppelt’s 
documentary of official USAP UFO investigations. 

Those authors who claim personal experience and 
contact with space people may yet have something; they 
had not by any means been proved hoaxers or liars, and 
until they are or are not, it is unwise tp entirely reject 
or accept their stories. Officialdom has only added to the 
confusion, perhaps deliberately, making it more difficult 
for the public to sort the wheat from the chaff. Not 
until our top official spokesmen give the peoples of the 
world the unabridged, unvarnished facts, will it be pos- 
sible to do so, concluded the President. 


The September General Meeting will be 
at the Unity Hall 

The coloured film, “DUST OR DESTINY,” a Hoodie 
Institute film, will be screened by Mr. Kelvin Cuff at our 
26th September general meeting. 

A further Public Meeting will be held on 
at the Unity Hall, 323 Queen Street, Auckland. 
The October 24th General Meeting is cancelled. 

CSI committee members have organized a special 
“lookout” on the 8th September, the second “Inter- 
national Flying Saucer Sighting Day,” a plan put into 
effect by Dr, Bernard Finch of the British “PLYING 
SAUCER REVIEW.” From 3 p.m. till dusk, from a high 
promontory overlooking Auckland, a most careful watch 
will be kept for the possible appearance of an unrecogniz- 
able flying object. The party will be equipped with 
Theodolite, Telescopes, Binoculars, Cameras, Compasses 
and Maps of the area. There is only a vei*y small chance 

tliat a UFO will be sighted this day, but if it does, and 
it lingers long enough for careful study, a first class 
report will be added to the files. Throughout New Zea- 
land fellow members, remembering the occasiojr will be 
making a parallel watch. Any worthy reports J fceived 
will be immediately forwarded to London to be^-^o)lated 
with data expected from observei-s all round the globe. 


On Saturday, 11th August, your Editor received a 
radio phone call from a reporter on the staff of the Syd- 
ney “Sun” requesting CSI opinions of Dr. Pinch’s London 
cable of the previous day, CSFs present plans and news 
of recent UFO activity over New Zealand. 

Your Editor answered all queries readily, and re- 
quired the reporter to quote accurately and in non- 
sensational manner. This he promised faithfully to do. 
The Sydney “Voice” of the “Sun” promised to send copies 
of the news story immediately after printing. 

When eventually a press clip did arrive via another 
normal clip service, your Editor was frankly disgusted 
to note under a half-inch headline, “PLYING SAUCER 
PANIC IN N.Z.,” the most distorted story, almost un- 
recognisable from the actual radio phone conversation. 
If you happen to read the press report reject its con- 
tents entirely. 



A percentage of the sightings reported in 
this issue may truly be cases of mistaken iden- 
tity, etc., etc.; however, we don’t think so. We 
feel you must be impressed by the many points 
of correlation and corroboration given in these 
widely separated testimonies. How much longer 
do world authorities plan to keep the general 
public uninformed? These observations could 
add up to great danger or an age of golden 
enlightenment. Their silence is neither helpful 
nor healthy. 

FRANCIS BROWNLEY, S/Sgt., 340th Fd. Sue. Sqdn., 
Whiteman Air Force Base, Sedalla, Missouri, one of our 
growing number of U.S. associates, has a request to make 
of a New Zealand member. S/Sgt. Brownley is most 
anxious to obtain the following back numbers of C.S.I. 
magazines. Vol. 1, No. 1 and 2; Vol 2, No. 1, 2, 3 and 4. 
Can any member help, please. Supplies have long been 
exhausted at Headquarters. 

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^Jkai l^xn/ue Bern T-oh^ . . . 



Report on a sighting of a U.F.O. at Napier by Mr. 
D. McDonald on night of 22nd November, 1955. Mr. 
McDonald was interviewed by Mr. A. B. Wallace, C.S.I. 
Hawkes Bay Representative. 

“Once you have seen one you will know that it is 
the real thing,” said Mr. McDonald of Napier when inter- 
viewed about his sighting of a flying object in the sky of 
22/11/55. Mr. McDonald and his family of four all saw 
the U.F.O. from the embankment road between West- 
shore, Napier. They watched the object for five minutes. 
After a brief disappearance the object reappeared and 
by that time some 20 people in cai's had stopped and 
watched the object. Mr. McDonald’s description, which 
was substantiated by his family, was that it was a green 
ball very much larger than a star. It was apparently 
stationary in the sky when they first observed it, but it 
then started to revolve slowly, changing colour on the 
outside to red and moving over to the west, disappearing 
temporary behind some clouds. In the meantime several 
ears had stopped, when the object reappeared moving 
slowly towards the east. It remained in sight for 
several minutes and then moved off at terrific speed. 
Mr. McDonald said that when the object first started to 
rotate, it appeared to have a shadow above it in the sky. 
He added that several of the people who had witnessed 
the sighting had been frightened by the visitation. Mr. 
McDonald thought the object was flying at about jet 
plane altitude, but he was positive the object was not a 
plane, planet, star or any other recognizable phenomenon. 


On the 12th June your Editor learned of a very in- 
teresting Auckland observation. First learned from an- 
other who knew the witness, subsequent inquiries brought 
the following to light. Let’s read the airman’s description 
of his experience: 

Dear Sir, — I have the honour to report in reply to 
your telephone call to me this day. I have compiled the 
accompanying description of my first impression of a 
“Flying Saucer” which I have seen. 

Yours sincerely, 


“On the evening of the 10th of June, 1956, at 
approx, 9.30 p.m., I was walking on the right-hand side 
of St. Leonard’s Road (near Waikumete) on the foot- 
path towards Archibald Road. It was a cold and wet 
night and the wind was blowing very strongly towards me 
from what I judge to be approx. N.E. The first thing 
that attracted my attention to the object was that some- 
thing bright was moving slowly in the corner of my eye, 
as it were, against the wind. 

I immediately looked up and to my great shock and 
fear, I saw above and behind the houses on my half-right, 
about 40 degree angle and 200 feet from the ground, an 
object which had these characteristics: The object ap- 
peared to be hovering and moving slowly eastwai’d; it 
was like an upside down saucer with bell shaped top. 
The “saucer” glowed or should I say emanated a blue- 
white light (like sodium light). It also grew dim and 
bright alternately, as if it were a light fixed on a dimmer 
with a slide moved up and down. The light did not seem 
to be reflected to any great extent as would the lights 

of a car. I’m afraid I was so shocked and scared I did 
not notice any mechanical protruberances or windows, 
if any. During this whole business I had a most uncanny 
feeling as if someone or something was “sizing me up.” 
This passed when the object suddenly took off at a terrific 
speed straight up. After it had disappeared I r*aced for 
the nearest street light and stood under its light. It took 
me some time to “cool down” and sort things out. 

L.A.C._ Lovelock, Marine Section, Hobsonville, gave 
added details and a sketch of the object; its outline is 
remarkably similar to Adamski's scout-ship photos. Your 
Editor has interviewed L.A.C. Lovelock a number of 
times. The airman also made an appearance (on strong 
request) before members at C.S.I. June general meeting. 
This interview was tape recorded. L.A.C. Lovelock, a 
bright, intelligent person of 21 years, left a good impres- 
sion with C:S.I. He is an active member of a city youth 
movement. We have no reason to doubt his story.* 


Miss L. Mooney of Christchurch writes to C.S.I. that 
she and her friends, a party numbering eight on one 
occasion, have on three separate occasions during May, 
1956, witnessed unusual lights moving across the sky 
These lights, coloured blue and white, seemed to travel 
slowly in up and down zig-zag-like motions on one or 
two occasions. On another occasion the light rose above 
the horizon only to lower again repeatedly. These ob- 
servations, which Miss Mooney has gone to great pains to 
give C.S.I, a most complete report on, were witnessed 
on January 22nd, May 11th, 12th and 27th. She is most 
anxious to discuss these matters with other Christchurch 
members. She especially seeks assistance from someone 
who may better recognize what is being seen. (55 Red- 
nith Ave., Spreydon.) 


ouiic OULU., Iii-sc iniernacionai r lying Saucer Sight- 
ing Day, as declared by Britain’s “PLYING SAUCER 
REVIEW,’’ and worked out by Dr. Bernard Finch, 
M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.C.M. We in New Zealand were 
actively co-operating wtih this world-wide watch out. 
Would we have anything to report? 

On July 1st we learned of the Wellington reports 
Here is what appeared in the Wellington “Evening Post’s 
Sports Post,” June 30th. Note: None of the people in- 
volved had any connection with C.S.I. 

Three rocket-like objects, three times the size of a 
Dakota aircraft, were seen by at least four people over 
Kelburn just after 4.30 p.m. today. 

Described as cigar-shaped, and emitting an exhaust- 
like glow, they were seen by residents in Upland Road 
and Glenmore Street, according to reports received bv 
“The Post.” ^ 

They were seen just for a minute from Upland Road, 
as a hail shower cleared, heading south towards Cook 
Strait. They were described as dark, and wingless. 

Mr. John Williams, of Hawker Street, said that three 
objects went overhead in formation. “They were sym- 


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metrical, thick in the centre, am! ta poring to the cikIh like 
cijrars,” he said. 

"They gave otf a glint from what sun there was. 
Thei’e was a slight trail just like a jet trail behind them. 
They were close together, and going at a ‘fair rate,' 
though I could not estimate the speed.” 

Mr. R. Jamieson, a Victorian Univex’sity College 
student, who was walking from the college to Kelbuni 
along Kelburn Parade about 4.35, told "The Post he 
saw “three or four solid truncated objects travelling at 
high speed overhead at between 2000 and 3000 feet. 
They were similar to one another, and it was definitely 
not a balloon,” he said. 

The Weather Office stated that a possible explana- 
tion was shattered pieces of radar balloon and terget 
released at 3.40 p.m. and descending with the northerly. 

The supervisor of the Civil Aviation Administration s 
air traffic control centre said the only aircraft in the sky 
at that time was an N.A.C. aircraft which took off from 
Rongotai at 4.25 and climbed into the clouds flying above 
Mt. Victoria and Kelburn. 

"We have nothing to account for the report, the 
supervisor of the centre said. No jets were flying from 
Ohakea and R.A.A.F. Lincolns visiting Whenuapai were 
on the ground. , 4 . 1 . 

Wellington’s morning paper of 2nd July, under the 
heading “Story Too Good To Be True,” wrote off the 
Saturday, 30th June, report as a result of an organized 
hoax. A reporter claimed that he had failed to locate 
any of the claimed observei-s at the addresses given in 
the “Post” report, therefore the assumption was made 
that it was hoax. It is little mystery to G.S.I. to fathom 
why people are so reluctant to give their true names and 
addresses, when ten to one their amateur or skilled alike 
observation will almost certainly be explained away by 
some brush-off or all-wise expert as moondogs on the 
prowl, or cigar-shaped handles from the “local” seeing 
their users home. Failing that, such sincere obse^ers 
can count on their observations being written off as 
hoax, if all other explanations are just too weather-worn 
or ridiculous for even these disbelieving folks to expect 
the public to swallow. In all sincerity we ask reporters 
to be a little more careful in their handling of incidents 
that come to their notice; soberly we ask them to resist 
the temptation to laugh at their informers, until they are 
a little more certain of the facts. _ If we sound a little 
trite, we ask forgiveness, for we wish the reporters and 
press’ co-operation in these extraordinary mattei s. 

In investigating the Wellington report, C.S.I. was a 
little more successful. We did locate one of the observers, 
Mr. V. R. Jamieson, Staff, Wellington Supreme Court. 
Mr! Jamieson replied to our letter of inquiry and we 
quote in part: . . 

“Your belief that my report was not a hoax is quite 
justified, for I did in fact see three cigar-shaped objects 
over the harbour,headine south. They were at a height 
of about 2,000 to 3.000 feet, and were travelling at 
terrific speed. Unfortunately. I am no judge of speed, 
but they were moving at least twice as fast as a Vamnire 
Jet There was no sound that I could distinguish, but the 
rear of at least two of the aircraft emitted a faint sort 
of greenish glow. The third object seemed slightly larger 
than the other two, and had no visible glow. All three 
appeared greyish in colour, but the visibility was not 
particularly good, and I may have been mistaken in this. 

This was not all. for the “Nelson Evening Mail,’ 
.Tuly 2nd. repoi'ted among other interesting observations 
they vGceived over the \VGelc-6nd t ^^Two Stoko rosidoTits 
saw a comnletely different sight at 5.45 p.m. Three 
cigar-shaned objects were seen against the glow of the 
western skv. they stated today. One of the observers was 
an ex-R.N.Z.A.F. officer acemstomed to making meteoro- 
logical reports and he described the obiects as unlike any 
cloud formation he had ever seen. The ‘cigars’ were 
described as moving slowly in line towards the north. 
They did not change shape and appeared black in colour the sun-set.” 

C.S.I. Representatives in Nelson have located and 
interviewed most of the observers mentioned in the 
glowing red and green disc reports seen later that saine 
Sunday evening at 9.30 p.m. It is well known % pJ.F.O. 
investigators that the larger cigar-shaped era J^;'appar- 
ently act as the mother vessels for the scouting discs. 
Both these types are frequently reported together, and 
the most reliable and skilled observers have witnessed the 
actual launching and taking aboard of the smaller objects 
by the carrier craft, . ^ , 

The London cable (10th Aug.) quoting Dr. Finch s 
“Antarctic Base” and “Earth Invasion” theories are not, 
we repeat NOT, at all improbabilities, but would pmnt 
out that such a possible incursion from space, whether 
we like it or not, will not necessarily be a hostile one. 
Just as good and evil is spaced throughout our lives and 
world, so may it he distributed through space. (Dr. Finch 
based his theories on the Wellington, June 30th, observa- 
tions, along with much other accumulated information.) 
Your Editor wrote a letter to the Editor of the Welling- 
ton morning press enclosing a copy of Mr. Jamieson s 
letter to (j.S.I. 


Report by Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Bethwaite of Nelson, 

1st July. 

At 8.5 p.m. on leaving a hangar at Nelson Airpoi-t 
the Bethwaites stopped to observe the following peculiar 
phenomena : — , , 

Suddenly a bright yellow light appeared in the sky 
apparently high above the Blind Channel which skirts the 
north-western boundary of the ’drome, somewhat less 
than a mile distant from the hangar. This light travelled 
downward in a curve to apparently hover just above the 
water. Then two other lights apiieared, one on either 
side of the hovering light. These two side lights were 
quite a distance from the centre light and remained per- 
fectly motionless just above the water. The two side 
lights kept blinking off and on, but not rhythmically ox- 
in unison. The central light was continually on the move 
jex'king up and down and from side to side, but generally 
higher above the water than the two side lights. All 
lights looked about the size, colour and brilliance one 
would expect street lights to appear at this distance. 
Under observation for 10 minutes, durhxg which time the 
Bethwaites considered climbing to the platform of the 
“met” control tower nearby (hut it was all in darkness) 
or walking to the edge of the ’dx-ome (but again it was 
dark and so far). In trying to I'ationalize the episode in 
their own minds, they tried to imagine the central light 
attached to the nxast of a boat pitching violently in the 
sea. but the horizontal movement in particular was far 
too great for such an explanation. Also the channel is 
sheltered and it was a windless night. Neither could they 
account for the curved descent of the central light out 
of the skv in the first place. 

Conditions at the time were very dark and still. No 
stars were showing. The performance was still continuing 
when they left for home. They admitted it was exceed- 
ingly difficult to judge just how far distaixce the display 
was! and they guessed the position to be just above the 
water of the Blind Channel. 


“Evening Star,” Dunedin, 6th July, 1956. 

You would have been intrigued by a stellar show 
which opened out before Mr. S. Clarke, of Green Island, 
about 10 o’clock last night. 

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Mr. Clarke saw a brigliL green ball— tennis size — 
of light appear on the western horizon. It moved east- 
wards across the sky, gradually enlarging to football 
dime-ysfj^ns, and at the same time turning orange. 

» |\'e Saddle Hill it began to emit a train of sparks, 

about a yard long to the eye, before disappearing. 

Then, from the direction of Brighton, a bright red 
glow appeared in the sky. , . 

Astronomical enthusiasts locally think tiiat Mr. 
Clarke’s phenomenon was probably a meteor, which ex- 
ploded. , , 

Something similar was seen by observers three weeks 
ago, when an intensely brilliant green, almost phosphor- 
escent, meteor came out of the contellation Scorpio on 
the eastern horizon and moved across the sky over the 
city to explode above Flagstaff. 


"Clutha Leader,” Balclutha, 6th July, 1956. 

A red ball of light travelling north was seen in the 
sky on Friday night by Mr. Jim Beeby, of Paisley Street, 
Balclutha, while he was sitting in his truck. 

He described it this morning as 'looking like the rear 
red reflector light of a modern car seen through a mist. 
He witnessed the phenomena for about four seconds. A 
friend in his truck also saw it. 

At first he thought it was local reflection, -although 
he thought it was strange at the time. On Saturday 
morning he read in the daily newspapers -that a similar 
light had been seen in the sky over Dunedin. 

Mr. Beeby said it was high above the clouds and it 
was hard to estimate its speed. It travelled roughly at 
the speed of a car about 100 yards away doing 30 in.p.h 

He was looking at the light when his friend asked 
him what had attracted his attention. Mr. Beeby pointed 
it out and his friend thought it was lightning, but changed 
her mind when she noticed it was red. It lit up the clouds. 

‘T wouldn’t say it was a ‘flying saucer,’ but it was a 
very unusual sight,” he said. 


20th July, 1956. 

Glowing silvery white and stretching almost horizon 
to horizon a most curious phenomenon of light was wit- 
nessed by numerous citizens of Christchurch on the 
evening of July 20th. Great interest was caused by the 
beautiful sight, the. streaks resembling the beams of many 
powerful searchlights. Official meteorological explana- 
tion was that high parallel cirrus clouds, made up of ice 
crystals, were reflecting the light of the moon. Judging 
by information sent to C.S.I. by southern reps., many 
.fust could not accept this explanation. The pattern was 
too perfect, they said. The hub of the rays stayed below 
the horizon but slowly moved from N.E. to S.E. during 
the 3% hours our informers observed the phenomenon. 


19th July, 1956. 

On the Thursday morning, 4.08 a. m., 19th July, I 
saw a bright orange, pear-shaped object to the W.S.W. 
of the Whenuapai Control Tower. It appeared to be 
approx. 25-30 degrees above the horizon. During the 
one to two minutes I observed the object it did not appear 
to be at any great distance. I left the tower and pro- 
ceeded to the radar hut (some 400 yards distant). Upon 
arrival at the hut (I had temporarily lost sight of it be- 
hind buildings) the object had disappeared. Approxi- 
mately five minutes later I noticed a stratocumulus cloud, 
height 3,500 ft., to be now outlined by an orange light, 
giving the impression that it was so lighted from above 

and beyond. About two minutes later the light had gone. 

The light from the object was most intense in the 
centre and somewhat diffused on the outer edges. Fog 
at the time could have caused this effect. There is an 
orange light mounted on a telegraph pole at Whenuapai 
gate, but this gate light was obscured from my original 
sighting location and more south. The moon was in a 
northerly direction and higher in the sky. 

I have not previously sighted anything like this be- 
fore, nor have I been able to find any satisfactory ex- 
planation for the object I sighted. 

A, A. BOWERS, Met. Officer, Whenuapai. 


"Taranaki Daily News,” 16th July. 

The bright red glow surrounded by a flaming halo 
which was reported to have been seen over the northern 
subsurbs of Sydney on Sunday morning is claimed to 
have been seen by two young men from the top of 
Whenuakura Hill between Waverley and Patea at 1 
o’clock on Monday morning. 

Returning from Palmerston North, tlie two men, Mr. 
T. Cra-wford, Whenuakura, and Mr. M. Pease, Hawera, 
suddenly noticed a bright glow in the sky as they passed 
over the brow of the hill. 

They stopped their car and watched as the phenome- 
non moved towards them from the sea and then turned 
slightly and moved away between Whenuakura and the 

Cruised round 

To the watching pair, who had never seen anything 
like it before, the glow, which appeared to have certain 
lines of an aircraft, seemed to cruise round for about a 
quarter of an hour before disappearing. 

Mr, Crawford said he could not be sure of the dis- 
tance of the object from them — ^it could have been 50 
miles away — ^but he thought it was about three or four 
times bigger than an ordinary-sized bird. 

He mentioned having seen the object next morning 
at the breakfast table but had refrained from reporting 
it until he read about the Sydney sighting. 


"Daily Advertiser,” Waimate. 

A bright light to the left of the radio transmitting 
masts at Highcliff last night attracted the attention of 
many folk who telephoned the “Ota^o Daily Times.” The 
orange coloured light was first noticed about 9.30 p.m. 
and seemed to be moving slowly to the left. A few hours 
later it had disappeared. 


"Southland Daily News,” Invercargill, 24th July, 1956. 

A "flying saucer” was reported over Invercargill 
last night by five residents. These unidentified flying 
objects, as they are technically known, have been re- 
ported, seen, and photographed in almost every country 
of the world but are only occasionally reported in South- 

The “saucer” supposed to have been seen last night 
was described as a “round, dome-shaped object emitting 
a red haze of light,” and its progress was followed across 
the sky for about 12 minutes before it disappeared. 

■The object was first seen hovering in the east but 
moved slowly in a northerly direction and then picked up 
speed to vanish quickly in the clouds. 

It was first thought that the object was a star, but 
the observers consider this impossible as' there was a 
solid background of clouds. 

A very bright “star” has been seen in the east for 
the past week, and one person at Bluff on Saturday night 
described it as a flying saucer. 


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On Saturday night the light changed from a very 
bright white to an orange-red, the Bluff observer says. 

The change of colour was noticed in the town itself, 
on the wharf, and at Stirling Point, by several persons. 
It was visible for some time before disappearing behind 
a cloud. , ^ 

The meteorological office at the Invercargill au’port 
conducts no observation of the stars, but one official said 
that he thought the bright star might have been the 
planet Venus, which is fairly close to Earth at this time 
and often visible during the day. , .r,, 

(Not Venus, possibly Mars was seen by the Bluff 
observer. — ^Ed.) 


“Southland Daily News," 26th July, 1956. 

A Riverton resident was startled the other evening 
to see a large red object flashing across the north- 
westerly sky, to disappear behind the Longwood range. 
He was returning home on his tractor when he sighted 
the object and because of the engine, noise was unable 
to hear whether the object made a noise or not. 

To him the object was the size of a reddish football 
and had a short reddish tail, the whole travelling rapidly 
across the sky. His opinion was that it was a meteor — 
he held no brief for the flying saucer theory. 


The news came to your Editor just as he was finish- 
ing duty for the day. An E.N.Z.A.F. Devon aircraft crew 
visiting Woodbourne on the 26th July brought back the 
news to Whenuapai. A phone rings and I listen intently 
to the brief details of an observation that had stirred 
up great interest in Blenheim and Woodbourne that very 
morning. First thing next morning the wheels of C.S.I. 
went into action. Two urgent telegrams are sent to 
sources near the scene, one being to the “Marlborough 
Express,” Blenheim’s evening paper. Back came a press 
clip, with a reporter’s satirical remarks. The press report 
on the incident, neat and conclusive, to anyone reading 
it, it was perfectly obvious that some clown (unnamed) 
had set up a theodolite in the main street, set it on Venus 
(at present a morning star) and left the curious passers- 
by who stole a peep to wonder and conjecture to their 
hearts content. 

However, after a number of letters (almost doped 
myself by the press report) and a kind mention of C.S.I.’s 
request for information by the “Express,” we learned a 
far more interesting story. After an exchange of letters 
with Mr. Clark, the Engineer who made the sighting, we 
feel you will be most interested to read what we dis- 
covered. A copy and letter has been forwarded to the 
Editor of the “Express” for the paper’s further possible 

26th July, 1956- 

Grovetown, Blenheim. 
30th July, 1956. 

Mr. H. H. Fulton. 

Dear Sir, 

Enclosed is a record of the activity of an object 
observed by myself with a theodolite and with the naked 
eye. The object became too faint to be seen without 
assistance from the telescope, and was getting further 
away all the time. 

It appeared to be moving in three dimensions, and 
its greatest direction was away. 

On the 26th July, 1956, I happened to glance up to 
the window and saw an unusual object in the sky. I set 
up my theodolite at 10.15 a.m. and recorded its altitude 
and immediately obtained a sun shot and calculated the 

bearing from the azimuth of the sun, and noticed that 
watever it was, was about to cross the meridian, approx. 
37 i degrees ahead of the sun. I checked with the Nauti- 
cal Almanac and could not find anything to coi ^J.pond. 
The object was moving in a westeidy directic.;'amsing 
in altitude and moving away at great speed. 

At 11.15 a.m. another record was taken, but the 
object could not be seen very easily with the naked eye. 
At 11.30 a.m. it had dropped in altitude and become 
invisible. It was then I observed Venus, a different object 
altogether, which was in the near vicinity all the time. 
The first object was similar to Venus in shape, but was 
flat at the bottom, where the shade ring of Venus was at 
I'ight angles to the sun, making it perpendicular in the 
flat part. 

Venus was a distinct half sphere, but the other was 
not a perfect half sphere, but was more domed, with flat 
parts or edges and not a distinct edge of a half sphere. 
There may have been more edges than shown on the 
diagram, but the object was too distant to tell. I could 
only tell there was a distinct difference.. 

When first observed it was much larger in the tele- 
scope than Venus, but faded smaller till right out of sight. 

I left the theodolite sighted on Venus and the public then 
began looking and as the theodolite was giving impres- 
sions in reverse (the shiny side of Venus appeared to be 
away from the sun) this created a misunderstanding, 
which I did not explain, but let them go away puzzled. 

I didn’t reveal that what I first saw was not Venus, 
as I would have been ridiculed, as I had already been 
laughed at by the reporter when I first rang him. As far 
as I know, I was the only one to see the object, as I did 
not want anyone else altering the verniers on the instru- 
ment. , . , , . , 

The object appeared to have a bluish hue in front 
and a rusty' hue behind, but that may have been atmos- 
phere, When the clouds came between the object, there 
was what appeared to be a white light or glow behind the 
cloud, but when the clouds were not there, the white glow 
was not visible. 

It was not a met. balloon, as it was moving against 
the westerly air stream, and it would have been too far 
away to see a balloon. What puzzled me was the westerly 
movement, which was very near that of the sun, about 15 
degrees per hour, but Venus was there as well; has been 
for some days and still is. 

By the enclosed data, you will be able to verify that 
it could not have been Venus, hoping that this detail will 
help you in your investigation (organization), 
i am, yours faithfully, 

(Signed) M. J. CLARK. 

Observational data sheet forwarded with report. 

From Latitude 41° 31’ 10” — Long. 173° 57’ 30” 
26th July, 1956. 

NZST 10.15 a.m. Alt. 33.20’ Poler < 55.40’ (Zenith 

GMT 22.15 Bearing 2.36’ true calc, from sun Azimuth 

NZST 11.15 a.m. Alt. 34.20’ Poler < 55.40’ (Zenith 

GMT 23.15 Bearing 347.25’ true calc, from sun Azimuth 

NZST 11.30 a.m. Alt. 31.25’ Poler < 58.35’ (Zenith 

GMT 23.30 Bearing 342.12’ true calc, from sun Azimuth 


True Azimuth and Altitude of Venus at the times 
given above on 26th July, 1956, computed by R.N.Z.A.F. 
Nav. Officers using standard navigator almanac: 

At 10.15 a.m. Alt. '29°46’ AZ. 353° 

At 11.15 a.m. Alt. 26°57’ AZ. 338° 

■ At 11.30 a.m. Alt. 25°44’ AZ. 334° 

Venus passed Meridian at 21.49.11 GMT. 

9.49 a.m. NZST. 

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Ml*. Clark writes: 

‘T wish to verify my earlier letter re the object 
sighted on the 26th July, 1956, and assure you that my 
report was as correct as I could make it. 

“The transit used was a standard theodolite made 
by E. R. Watts & Son on the 24th October, 1921, No. 
8472, and the power of the telescope was 20. I have been 
using this instrument for the last three years on engineer- 
ing projects and have never found the instrument to be in 

Since 1935 I have been using a theodolite and I am 
quite familiar with all types. I have used them in all 
parts of the world under all conditions including under 
firing and bombing. I have used levels of all types, sex- 
tants for navigation purposes and all types of survey in- 
struments. I am a Civil Engineer employed till 9th 
August as Assistant Borough Engineer, Blenheim, and 
from the ICth August Staff Engineer for the Cook County 
Council, Gisborne, to where I will be shifting this week- 
end. I am a radio amateur and operate my own station 
ZL2BU, also a member of the Institute of Engineering- 
Technology in England. 

“When the object was first sighted by the naked eye, 
was slightly an orange colour, similar to Mars, but did not 
appear through the telescope to be quite so much so, but 
was quite distinctly different from the white light re- 
flected from Venus. In front of the object the impres- 
sion I received was that it had a blue tint and oat of the 
back, although it was not an exhaust stream, there ap- 
peared to be an orange tint, but it was not easily defined. 
There was nb definite fluctuation of light from the object. 

“The observations made were just as stated at the 
various times marked and the error in transferring NZST 
to GMT was noticed, but the azimuth was calculated 
from the correct GMT. The error was in copying off the 
scribbling pad.” 

(Venus is sketched as a half-sphere, perpendicular, 
whereas the object sighted is not only larger, but is akin 
to a many sided or facets on a dome, with the flat side 
horizontal at the bottom. — ^Ed.) 

“The sketches are as near as I can remember them, 
but the strange object was fiat on the bottom and may 
not have been quite as high as I have drawn, but it was 
definitely not a half-circle but went in chords. Venus 
was a half-circle and lying on a different plane.” 

(Signed) M. J. CLARK. 


Reports Mrs. Wood, C.S.I. member. “Last Friday 
night, July 2Fth, at 6.10 p.m. my friend and I were out- 
side when we spotted a strange orange coloured object in 
the sky. It was about the size of a motor car lamp.” 
The object was seen climbing steeply and had a multi- 
coloured tail; it was lost in the clouds temporary and 
later again seen moving away at high speed. There were 
two other witnesses, all of whom felt sure it was not a 
meteor. C.S.I. learned that others had seen similar things 
later that night but the people were reluctant to give 


“The Marlborough Express,” July 28th, 1956. 

A strange, bright, fast-moving light was reported 
over Cook Strait by four people at Wairau Bar on Sat- 
urday night. 

The first observer was Mr. N. C. Daken, of Wairau 
Pa Road, who called his wife and then called Mr. T. Mac- 
Donald, of Wairau Pa, by telephone. This was at about 
9.20 p.m. Mr. MacDonald’s view^fi*om his home was 
obscured by a tree and he and hfs wife went to Mr. 
Daken’s home. 

Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald saw the light for about 10 
minutes and Mr. and Mrs. Daken saw it for about 20 

The observers describe the light as having been 
round and of an orange colour, bright on the leading 
edge and fading to a green tinge at what appeared to be 
the tail. When first seen the light was a bright as a star, 
but as it approached it became much more brilliant. When 
it passed through dark rain Clouds, it illuminated them. 

Height and speed the observers found hard to judge. 
It flew low along the horizon, at times climbing at 45 
degrees (half-way between the horizon and the zenith). 
The speed was obviously too great, observers believe, to 
be even that of a jet aeroplane. The light travelled in an 
arc from the Vernon Bluffs on the one hand, to Port 
Underwood on the other, Mr. Daken believes he saw a 
flare drop from the object. 

Ail the time the light was in the sky, there was a 
glow in the sky in that area. 

Earlier reports 

It was Mr. MacDonald who a year ago reported a 
light in the same area. That was a longer*, less round 
light, he said. 

“I am pleased about this second appearance,” he said, 
“as it shows I was not having hallucinations last year.” 

Mr. and Mrs. Daken also were pleased to have wit- 
nesses of what they had seen. “I would not like anyone 
to have thought we were having a Saturday night party 
here,” she said this morning. In an effort to obtain 'wit- 
nesses on Saturday night, they telephoned many neigh- 

29th July, 1956. 

A light very similar to that seen over Cook Strait 
by Mr, and Mrs. N. C. Daken and Mr. and Mrs. T. Mac- 
Donald on Saturday night was seen over the Wither Hills, 
south of Blenheim, by three people on Sunday night. 
Mr. and Mrs. L. Cording, driving home with Mrs. Cor fl- 
ing’s father, Mr. R. Bailey, about 10.30 on Sunday night, 
saw the object. Like that seen by the Saturday night 
observers at Wairau Bar, it was an orange coloured ball, 
tapering to a green tail. On Sunday, however, it was not 
moving at great speed over big distances as was Satur- 
day’s object. It moved up and down at an angle of about 
45 degrees, hovering occasionally. At first the observers 
thought it was Mars, but Mars was found to be in a 
different part of the sky. 


“The Nelson Evening Mail,” July 30th, 1956. 

A number of small, silver, unidentified objects were 
seen in the sky over Nelson by a woman resident in 
Murphy Street, at 8.40 o’clock this morning. 

Her little daughter, aged four, was with her at the 
time and was also able to describe the objects. 

Two were seen at first, directly below the sun and 
about one-third as big. “They shone brightly while cloud 
in the vicinity had a dull look,-' commented the observer, 
who shyly asked that her name not be used. Slightly 
oval in shape the two objects got smaller and suddenly 

A few moments later the same observer saw three 
similar discs in line over the cemetery. They were also 
stationary and in a straight line with the one on the left 
slightly higher and the line sloping down to the right. 

These also vanished in puffs after growing smaller. 
“They had clear outlines and at no time appeared like 
clouds,” commented the obserwer. 


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“They could not have been weather balloons at that 
time,” commented the staff of the Meteorological Station 
at Tahunanui when the matter was referred to them. 


“Otago Evening Star,” 6th August, 1956. 

The phenomenon which mystified so many people in 
Suva on Friday evening and Saturday morning was also 
visible in the Dunedin sky. The description given to the 
“Star” this morning by Mrs. G. Wilson, of Leith Street, 
was almost identical with the one in the report from Suva 
on Saturday. 

Mrs. Wilson and her husband sighted the object 
about 10.30 p.m. on Friday. She described it as the 
brightest thing in the sky, and the rays thrown from it 
formed the shape of an “inverted cross.” 

The Wilsons would have been prepared to accept 
the object as having been an abnormally bright star but 
for the fact that it did not twinkle during the 15-minute 
period they watched it. It was stationery in the eastern 

The director of the Beverley Begg Observatory, Mr. 
A. J. Doig, said today it could quite possibly have been 
Mars, which is the brightest object in the eastern sky at 
this time of the year. 

But, he said, the report from Suva suggested it was 
not Mars. It was described as a golden yellow light, and 
Mars has a reddish tinge, he explained. 

Its colour could have been due to atmospheric con- 
ditions, but it was most unlikely that object would hol’d 
its golden light for the seven hours it was visible in Suva, 
he said. 


"Daily Telegraph,” Napier, 6th August, 1956. 

A mysterious glowing ball about a quarter the size 
of the moon, hovering in the sky at an angle of 30 de- 
grees from the ground, held the attention of Mr. D. 
Lindsay, a farmer, of Eskdale, and his family for about 
five minutes shortly after 5.30 yesterday morning. 

Mr. Lindsay said today he awakened at 5.30. On 
opening the Venetian blinds in his bedroom he saw the 
sti'ange object — a perfect golden-coloured sphere — in the 
sky. “While I was watching it, it seemed to travel away 
and become smaller until it was the size of a pinhead. 
Then it would suddenly return to its previous size,” he 

Brilliant Light 

Mr. Lindsay awoke his wife and child and together 
they watched the object travel away and come close 
again for a full five minutes. Mr. Lindsay said the object 
was in the sky in a north-north-east direction from Esk- 
dale and well clear of the hills. “It was so brilliant,” he 
said, “that when a cloud passed between it and ourselves 
we could see the whole cloud and the sky illuminated.” 

It was stressed by Mr. Lindsay that the object was 
a perfect sphere and glowed with a golden red colout. 
It grew small and large again several times while he arid 
his family were looking at it, he said. Mr. Lindsay esti- 
mated that the size of the object would be comparable 
to 35 to 40 of the largest stars grouped closely together. 


“The GI«borne Herald,” 8th August, 1956. 

A description which appeared in Tuesday night’s 
“Herald” of an unidentified object which <an Eskdale, 
Napier, farmer saw floating on Tuesday morning tallies 
closely with an observation made by Mr. P. Galloway, 
a Gisborne resident, some hours later. 

Resting in his bedroom at his home in Valley Road, 
Mangapapa, Mr. Galloway saw through a window a glow- 

ing ball which travelled at a considerable altitude from 
south to north, disappearing behind clouds over Hospital 

According to his observation lasting several ’j^jjnutes, 
the object was global in shape and glowed bri# ; 3 ,y over 
its whole surface. It had the appearance of a star of un- 
usual magnitude. 

Realising that even a very bright star would not emit 
so much light at that hour of the day — ^approximately 
10.45 a.m. — ^Mr. Galloway went out-doors to make a 
further observation. He was unable to pick it up again, 
however, as cloud had obscured the sky. 


“The Taumarunui Press,” 8th August, 1956. 

(To the Editor.) 

Sir, — ^While driving to Taumarunui yesterday, August 
7th, and when a few miles south of Te Kuiti, in the 
corner of my vision appeared what seemed to be the glint 
of an aircraft at about 3000 ft. shining in the sun. I 
glanced idly up at it, and away again, then experienced 
a “double take” as I realised its shape was not that of an 
aircraft. I have had a good deal to do with aircraft of 
several types and have flown approximately 1000 hours. 

This object could be described as a disc or sphere, 
but whichever it was, to my vision, it was perfectly round 
and, shining with steady radiance, it was clear cut against 
the blue sky. While watching the road I glanced back 'at 
it several times. Its motion, upward and southward ahead 
of me, was effortless but from the rate at which its size 
diminished its speed must have been fantastic. Its height, 
when I first noticed it, was much greater than it had 
seemed as an aircraft and I had it in perfect view for i'2 
to 15 seconds before it grew too small and faint and a 
small cloud finally lost it to view. The time was 4.10 p.m. 

I would be interested to know if any of your readers 
noticed this object. — Yours, etc,, R. A. FERRI, Hamilton. 


Mr. X, a farmer from near Tolaga Bay, gives C.S.I. 
first-hand account of a sighting at close quai’ters on the 
early morning of July 19th. All three witnesses to the 
incident have appended their signature to the testimony 
reproduced below. A sketch of the object was included 
in the report. 

Dear Sir, 

Your letter of 30th July to hand, for which many 
thanks. I have been meaning to get in touch with some 
organization interested, but with moving to a new locality 
I just haven’t had the time. Now, concerning this “ob- 
ject” that I saw, I will endeavour to give you as clear a 
picture as possible. If you require further information 
please write to me and I will do my best to be explicit. 
I would also be most appreciative of any further informa- 
tion concerning these objects. Up until the present I 
haven’t been a scoffer. However, I hadn’t taken any 
notice of these manifestations and this experience sort 
of caught us napping. My mother and aunt, both reliable 
women and myself had a close view, unobstructed, from 
our front verandah at my X station home. 

We were awakened at approx. 4.31 a.m. by a brilliant 
light shining in the window. I might add here that we 
had taken down curtains and blinds prior to shifting. 
This object was approx. 200 yards distant and on about 
eye level, as the house is approx. 30’ to 40’ above sea- 

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level. The object was surging up and do\vii slowly in a 
similar way to a magnifying glass. It was straight above 
the sand, as it was reflected in the wet sand. There 
was a^^nct feeling of heat, not excessive, but definitely 
there.'^ lean best be described as being an object almost 
completely round, and there was a band of light around 
the centre, but slightly above the middle. A marble with 
a washer over it would fit the description. From the 
bottom there were six streams of light dripping out. I 
say dripping as that best describes it, like molten metal 
dropping. This only took place when it was surging up 
and down. 

Also, from the top there were two beams of light 
which shot out about 12 feet and slowly retracted to the 
body again, almost as though sending out radar, or some 
other such signals. The band of light around the middle 
changed colour, but only when it took off, when the light 
became more brilliant. We could see no signs of aper- 
tures or portholes as the light was so brilliant, almost like 
staring into a powerful electric light bulb. I went down 
to see if I could find any deposit in the morning, but with 
no success. At 4.44 a.m. this object slowly rose to about 
60 feet and glided out over the sea for about half a mile 
and then slowly began to rise. At no time did it speed. 
What time it arrived we do not know, but a shepherd of 
mine, living due west of us about 4 miles away, saw a 
light travelling in an eastexdy direction about 4.15 a.m. 
The night was brilliantly clear, bright moonlight, cold, 
and there was little or no wind. Unfortunately, our 
phone was out of order on this occasion and we had no 

This object disappeared travelling almost due east. 
Several of the local people saw the light, but did not 
investigate further. Fishing trawlers are inclined to 
sneak in close at night and get out before first-light, so 
lights would not arouse any curiosity. This object was 
about 30 feet in diameter; it was definitely not saucer 
shaped. From my observations I would be emphatic and 
say that “it” could quite easily have been controlled by 
some sort of intelligence. Meteors could be counted out 
as they do not hover. Although pressed to inform the 
local paper, I did not, as no one likes to be held up to 

I would also like to tell you of another experience 
which occured to friends some three years ago this com- 
ing shearing. Two friends of mine, hard-headed farmers, 
told me this as it happened to them. They swore me to 
keep it to myself as they were afraid of chaffing. They 
were out mustering one morning for shearing on a rough 
block of country in the Gisborne back country. The 
time was a few minutes after da^vn, when things are in- 
distinct. They were on a promontory above a patch of 
scrub. When they barked their dogs to shift the stock, 
an object arose out of the scrub and went away up this 
valley, leaving a trail of white ash. One of them went 
down and actually touched some of the substance which 
disintegrated immediately (this is the substance named 
“Angels’ Hair” or “Threads of the Virgin” — ^Ed.). This 
stuff was on all the low bushes. Unfortunately they did 
not investigate further. In the light of my recent experi- 
ence, they are extremely interested. 

Mr. X ends by c.v pres sing the unsh that he be nozu con- 
sidered a member of CS.L and states that he loishcs to obtain 
as much mformation as possible on the subject. Our investiga- 
tion is continuing fervently. 

/ had learned of this sighting from two other private 
sources, one being a felloiv seri'iceman. tvho knozus the farm 
manager personally. My friend zms visiting his parents'^ home 
on leave at Tolaga Bay at this very time. My letter to Mr. X 
subsequently brought the above most extraordinary and import- 
ant information. My friend was personally most impressed zoitli 
this fanner’s e.vperience as he holds him in high regard)— Ed. 

Further Confirmation of Anaura Bay 
Observation ... 


Dear Sir, , . , 

Your letter of August 25th to hand, for which many 
thanks. I would have answered sooner, but owing to 
pressure of work, neglected to do so. With regard to 
publishing the account I sent you, by all means do so, and 
our name can be used in your magazine. I enclose £1 
for membership fee. The data in these books is simply 
amazing and I am getting more of those books you have 
recommended. Eegarding the date of the sighting I am 
positive it was Thursday morning, July 19th. The colour 
changed very little. The outside ring was slightly darker 
while hovering and got white hot (the same colour as the 
body) when it started to move off. The illustration on 
your magazine cover is very much like the object we 
saw. I am relieved that our description was reasonably 
accurate. I would very much like to meet you and dis- 
cuss this experience. If I am coming to Auckland I will 
certainly contact you. I expect to be in Auckland in 
early November. In the meantime many thanks for your 
letter and enlightening literature. 

Yours faithfully, 


p.S. — ^Two other signatures to the observation. 




“Taranaki Daily New*,” 11th August, 1956. 

A strange spinning object in the heavens near New 
Plymouth was reported by a resident living in the Port 
Taranaki area last night. She said that she and three 
members of her family watched it for several minutes 
before it was obscured by cloud. 

The resident, who telephoned the “Taranaki Daily 
News” about 9.30 p.m., described the object as shedding 
a golden glow and said it could be seen from her home in 
Paritutu Road. 

Other people living in nearby Paritutu Road also 
saw the object. 

The woman said her attention was first attracted by 
her dog growling. She went out to quieten the animal 
and saw it looking at the sky. At the same time other 
people in the neighbourhood were looking up and shout- 
ing about the object. 

The object appeared to be spinning and at times 
leaving a trail of haze that partly obscured it. She said 
it was high up to the west and over the sea, about the 
size of a dinner plate, round, but flattish on the top and 

Several people in the area watched it before it was 
obscured by cloud, but they could still see its reflection 
for some time against the cloud. 


13th August, 1956. 

A member from Wellsford, Mr. P. Nicholls, Was most 
intrigued on the evening of August 13th. After in- 
advertantly spotting a brilliant light not far above the 
eastern horizon at 6.20 p.m. which at first he took for 
the planet Mars, he had just realized it was yet too early 
for the planet to rise when the light blinked out. With 
the aid of a pair of 8x30 glasses, Mr. Nicholls observed 
the light closely for the next four minutes. During this 
time the light blinked on and off a number of times and 
then stayed on and began to move slowly northwards 
(two hands span). As it so moved it grew dimmer arid 
finally disappeared below the horizon. Mr. Nicholls is 
reasonably sure he was not fooled by an aircraft. 


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"Taranaki Daily News," 13th August, 1956. 

A shiny, silver object was seen flying over the centre 
of New Plymouth early on Saturday by a resident, Mr. 
A. Woodhouse. , * j , 

Mr. Woodhouse said he was passing St. Andrews 
Presbyterian Hall, Courtenay Street, at 7.45 a.m. when 
he saw an oblong object flying over the centre of the city. 

"It was shining and had a silvery light for about 
three-quarters of its length. At this point there was a 
slight rise in the object’s shape and after that there was 

After passing over the city the object described an 
are and appeared to head northwards up the coast, he 
said. Visibility was good, although it was cloudy. 

It is known that no scheduled aircraft were flying 
over the city at this time. 


"The New Zealand Herald," Sept. 10th, 1956. 

For three sun-soaked hours on Saturday afteraoon 
nine people perched on the summit of one of the highest 
Auckland peaks and swept the sky with telescopes, binoc- 
ulars and shaded eyes. They were there on a mission and 
they took it seriously. Their task — to maintain a continu- 
ous watch for flying saucers. 

This effort, carried out by members of the committee 
of Civilian Saucer Investigation (N.Z.), was the contribu- 
tion by the Auckland club to an "international flying 
saucer' sighting day” organised from London. 

No saucer was sighted. 

Subscriptions overdue. We understand how easily it 
is to forget about that renewal notice that came in the 
last magazine. We know you wish to be kept up to date 
on this extraordinary subject. 



“Taranaki Daily News,” 25th August, 1956. 

From Stratford come further reports of unusual 
objects in the night sky, with descriptions similar to 
earlier ones suggestive of “flying saucers. ’ 

The first reports this week related to early on Mon- 
day evening. The second phenomenon was noted at lOtiiO 
on Wednesday night by at least two residents in Miranda 
Street, Stratford. 

One of them, Mrs. E. Copestake, said yesterday that 
her attention was attracted by a 20-year-old girl. Miss 
June Couchnian, who said that she at first thought she 
was seeing smoke rings from a passing locomotive. 

Off to Douglas 

In the sky they saw a silver disc-like object coming 
slightly towards them in a "hovering sort of a manner, 
said Mrs. Copestake. Eventually it disappeared towards 
Douglas. There were no lights and no noise could be 

Mrs. A. Winter, of Matapu, had an eerie experience 
at 8:15 the same night. She heard a most unusual noise 
in the western sky, totally distinct from that of an aero- 

plane, though she failed to discern any foreign object. 

Mrs. Winter described it as an "unusual whirring 
noise." As it was a clear night, she was at a^ loss to 
understand why she could not distingaiish the cai the 
unusual noise, which appeared to be similar to tir . heard 
last week by a Stratford girl at 1 a.m. 


"Taranaki Daily News," 22nd August, 1956. 

Not one, but two flying saucers are claimed to have 
been seen in fairly close formation by a Stratford family 
of 10 people early on Monday night. , ^ ^ 

It was more than mere coincidence that the two sons, 
age 12 and 13 years, of Mr. and Mrs. G. Robertson, 121 
Orlando Road, Stratford, should have been looking sky- 
wards at 6:30 p.m. Keen on astronomy, the two lads 
were looking for the planet Mars, now readily discernible 
on a clear night. , . . 4.1 1 , 

When they spotted two unusual objects on the sky- 
line they excitedly called out to their parents who, with 
other members of the family, ranging from seven to 20 
years, rushed out to see what at first appeared to be two 
white clouds. 

“We were soon, however, to see that they were two 
dull white, disc-shaped objects as they passed under the 
light of the moon, heading towards Ngauruhoe, ’ said Mrs. 
Robertson yesterday. 

"They then appeared to turn slowly, more m an 
easterly direction, and gather speed. We watched them 
for almost 30 seconds. They were, to all appearances, 
slightly tilted and were quite visible. They were seen by 
10 people in our family and a cousin next door. We feel 
beyond doubt they were what many eye-witnesses have 
claimed them to be — ^flying saucers.” 

Close Formation 

Asked for further details, Mrs. Robertson said the 
objects must have been large and appeared to form per- 
fect discs. They were in close formation and did not 
appear to be travelling at an exceptionally fast speed. 

No lights were discernible, but she was adamant that 
there was no mistaking the fact they were individual 
objects other than aeroplanes or cloud. They shone and 
glistened brightly from the light of t^ moon in their pro- 
gress on a slight angle, and after a time quickened speed. 
There was no noise heard. 

Mrs. Robertson said her 20-year-old daughter 
claimed to have seen a flying saucer a little more than a 
week previously, corresponding with a report from an- 
other source in Taranaki. 

It was 1 a.m. and her daughter, who was awake, 
heard an unusual noise. She looked out of her bedroom 
window and clearly saw a disc-like object with gold, 
orange and blue or green lights making in a southerly 

Its noise, the daughter said, was distinct from that 
of an aeroplane, and it appeared to hover about for some 
seconds. She attempted to awaken a sister in the same 
room, but was unable to do so before the object had 



■ Write P.O. Box 72, Onehunga, S.E.5 

■ Or phone immediately if possible to . . . 

■ Mrs. Weitzner, Phone 21-969, day or night. 

■ Mr. William Doo, Phone 42-715, day time 

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Sep?|?j^er 3rd, 1956. 

I V finessed by many observers, spanning a distance of 
200 miles, a glowing object flying at a low level crossed 
Auckland heading north-west at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, 
3rd September. The most expert observers so far ascer- 
tained, were two Air Force Squadron Leaders, K. B. 
Smith and 0. Staple. The officers were at 500 feet 
making a landing run into Whenuapai Air Poi’ce base, 
when the glowing object crossed their flight path, dis- 
appearing to the north-west as their Hastings aircraft 
touched down. It was in sight for upwards of a half 
minute. First taken for a jet. Squadron Leader Smith 
said, they changed their minds quickly when the object 
revealed its terrific speed. It had a glowing half crescent 
shaped light in front and a more brilliant separated light 
trailing to the rear. “This trailing light seemed to pul- 
sate,” said Squadron Leader Staple. The pilots could not 
see the shape of the object between the lights. Your 
editor interviewed both officers, both of whom confirmed 
the press report and gave additional details. The object 
was travelling a flat horizontal trajectory at an estimated 
height of 2000 ft., said the Squadron Leaders. “We have 
not previously seen anything like this. It did not re- 
semble shooting stars — ^meteors — ^we have seen plenty 
of those.” 

Your editor also interviewed Sergeant T. E. Cook, 
also of Whenuapai. Sgt. Cook in company with two 
others saw the object from their car whilst approaching 
the city on the new northern outlet highway.. “The 
object was cylindrical in shape, had a glowing light up 
front and was trailing pinkish-blue flame-like light from 
the rear.” “It was a rocket,” stated Mrs. Glowacki 
who was a passenger in the car. Sgt. Cook, following 
the fixed gaze of Mrs. Glowacki’s son, who was the first 
to spot it, watched the object approach vei'y fast from 
their front, and in the space of 9 to 10 seconds had dis- 
appeared to their left rear in a north-westerly direction. 
They are quite sure in their own minds that the object 
was not a meteor. 

Mr. L. C. Dassler of Oropi, Tauranga (a former 
flight sergeant navigator with 1500 flying hours in the 
R.N.Z.A.P.), reported seeing “a pinkish-purplish flame 
and an indistinct shape of a hull,” about 1000 feet above 
Te Poi near Matamata. It was travelling faster than any 
jet he had seen. Mr. F. J. Aikin, a Reporoa farmer, 
saw a pinkish and white pear-shaped object travelling 
very fast across the western sky. 

A gang of waterside workers loading the “Mataroa” 
at Queen’s Wharf, Auckland, said they saw “about four 
windows in the side.” The object was cigar-shaped with 
a blue flame shooting from the rear. Many others re- 
ported seeing the object. CSI is currently investigating. 

Auckland’s evening paper 5th September, 19^6, 
further reports . . . 

“The Auckland Star,” Sept. 5th, 1956. 

Something that looked like a flying ball-point pen 
has joined the array of aerial phenomena reported over 
Auckland. But the man who saw it says without hesita- 
tion, “It was a meteor.” 

He is Mr. L. A. Warner, head of the science depart- 
ment at Avondale College. He also says without hesita- 
tion that Monday night’s object in the sky (which he 
didn’t see) was a meteor. 

A different view is taken by Captain H. Hill, assis- 
tant marine superintendent for the New Zealand Shipping 
Co., Ltd., and a self-confessed former critic of flying 
saucer theories. He saw Monday’s object, and said em- 
phatically: “It was not a meteor.” 

Captain Hill saw the object from Takapuna at 6:45 
p.m. It appeared as a cluster of bluish lights, moving 

swiftly and silently in level flight from RangiLoto towards 
Milford. After about five .seconds it abruptly vanished. 

“I have had 28 years at sea, and I’ve seen meteors 
and comets and I’ve seen planets rising and setting in 
all conditions,” he said. “This was definitely an aircraft 
of some type.” 

Glowed brightly 

Mr. Warner made his observation on Friday night. 
What he saw was a brightly-moving object like a slightly 
cuiwed bail-point pen, except that its trailing end was 
diffused to a stream er-I ike formation. 

Mr. L. A. IVarner, Avondale College Science Head, men- 
tioned in the press report, rang your editor and stated firmly 
that he had not made any reference or expressed any stick 
opinion about the object sighted on Monday night, the 3rd of 
September, as accredited to him by the "Star’s'" reporter. He 
also rang Captain Id. Hill and infonned that gentleman that 
he had not made the remarks mentioned in the prejis report. 
Mr. I Varner has an open mind on the subject, ami has guile an 
interest in the problem of UFO appearance.<;. 

I spoke to Captain H. Hill via phone, who immediately 
ran finned his reported impression of the sighting. He kindly 
invited CSI officers to visit his point of observation and make 
any considered necessary checks of bearing, angles of elevation, 
arc of flight witnessed, etc. This has been arranged. Captain 
Hill added, "My estimation of the height the object was flying 
is 800 to 900 feet, and not very distant.” He had discussed 
the matter with the captains of two of his company’s ships, 
which were at the time of sighting approaching Auckland 
Harbour some 10 to 15 miles west. The ships’ “watches” had 
not reported anything. The object had passed Captain Hill to 
the west going north-west. He considered the fact that the 
ships had not seen anything supported his contention that the 
object was quite close. 

In order to obtain as much information on this incident as 
possible (we have heard of many people having sighted it, 
particularly further south of Aucldand), CSI has inserted a 
large advt. in the local press calling for all details possible from 
the public. We are hopeful of good returns. 


Christchurch, 6.20 p.m., 26th August, 1956. 

Mrs. Turnbull, Hills Rd., Christchurch, sighted “a 
long, cigar-shaped object, clearly outlined and brilliantly 
lighted, travelling very fast from north to south in a 
downward curve.” Mrs, Turnbull watched the strange 
object for at least 30 seconds — perhaps longer. She had 
rang Harewood Airfield and apparently the tower per- 
sonnel put her on to our Christchurch representative, 
(Credit Mrs. E. E. Hamber, Ch’ch. rep. Thank you, too, 


“The Nelson Evening Mail,” August 27th, 1956-. 

A Nile Street resident, Mr, G. Ferguson, has reported 
observing an unidentified object in the sky over Nelson 
shortly after noon today. 

He described it as a silver disc clearly visible to 
hhnself and his family from 12.20 p.m. to 12.50 p.m. 
Viewed through a telescope the object appeared slightly 
larger but was still only a silver disc. 

Mr. Ferguson’s attention was drawn to the sky by a 
Dakota aircraft which was circling over the city at the 
time. He said it appeared to circle around the object 
but the control tower at Nelson aerodrome has advised 
that no reports of anything unusual were received from 


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the aircraft. They said it was the normal Nelson to 
Westport flight circling to gain height before it set a 
course for the West Coast. 

Mr. Ferguson said the object remained visible for 
half an hour after the plane had left. It did not move. 

He said he was particularly interested in the object 
because it resembled one seen by himself and a group 
of people at Cable Bay two years ago. 

Addendum: On immediate follow inquiries made by 
our Nelson rep., these additional details came to light: 
Mr. Ferguson said that through his 3in. telescope the 
object was round like a grapefruit and was surrounded 
by a glow. Our Nelson rep., who is also a keen amateur 
astronomer, checked on Venus with his 6 in. reflector in 
the early morn and noted that that planet was showing 
a clear half -sphere shape. Further inquiries and checks 
are being made; all are reasonably assured that some- 
thing other than a planet was sighted by Mr. Ferguson. 
(Credit Mr. J. Fletcher, Nelson Rep.) 


“The Auckland Star,” Sept. 6th, 1956. 

NEW PLYMOUTH, Thursday (P.A.).— It was no 
meteor that a Taranaki farmer, Mr. Bert Thomson, of 
Kaponga, saw pass yesterday morning — and he’s no be- 
liever in outer-space mysteries. 

What wa» it? 

Mr. Thomson (“I have perfectly good eyes”) de- 
scribed it as a mysterious white “aircraft” about 70 feet 
long, 30 feet wide flying at about 1500 feet in an easterly 
direction between Hawera and Eltham. 

It flew with little noise but at considerable speed — 
probably 300 to 400 miles an hour. 

Mr. Thomson, who had got up to tend a sick animal, 
said he heard a hissing sound which gradually increased, 
and saw a white light followed by a blue one. 

As the object came closer he saw it had a turret-like 
glass nose from which the white light came, delta-like 
rounded wings, a larger glass turret on the mid die. .of the 
main body from which the blue light came, and a i^-bfiring 

The hissing sound, he said, seemed to indicate a jet- 
like engine. He could see no wheels or markings on the 

ADDENDUM. — The hisshif/ sound has offnt hecti reported, 
when- UFOs are near enough to he heard. Remember the 
hr in taut blue diics that paced the length of Nezo Zealand on the 
night of December 6th. 1952, .wme 12 zvidely .separated parties 
zt'ho reported the observations that night, all reported the his.s- 
ing sound. — Ed. 

As you can see . . . 

h(/Uk tU 

As this issue goes to press, the incidence of 
U.F.O. sightings are on the increase; numerous 
local reports are still coming in but cannot be 
included in this issue. Keep up to date with 
these momentous events by attending the 
monthly general meetings — see page 4 for 


Excerpt from “Flying Saucer Review” 

“Electro-gravities, seeking the source of gravity and 
its control, has reached a stage where profound implica- 
tions for the entire human race begin to emerge,” writes 
an American journalist in the current issue of the Swiss 
aviation monthly, “Interavia.” “Perhaps the most start- 
ling and immediate implications of all involve aircraft, 
guided missiles — atmospheric and free space flight of all 

If one of the several lines of research achieved their 
goal — and it seemed certain that this must occur— ;-gravi- 
tational acceleration as a structural, aerodynamic and 
medical problem would cease to exist. So would the task 
of providing combustible fuels in massive volume in order 
to escape the earth’s gravitic pull — now the biggest head- 
ache facing today’s would-be “space-men.” 

And towards the long-term progress of mankind a 
whole new concept of electro-physics was being levered 
out into the light of human knowledge. Some projects 
were over 30 years old. 

“The concept of weightlessness in conventional 
materials which are normally heavy, like steel, aluminium 
and barium, is difficult enough,” explains the journalist', 
“but some theories, so far borne out empirically in the 
laboratory, postulate that not only can they be made 
weightless, but they can in fact be given a negative 

In this particular line of research, the weights of 
some materials had been cut by as much as 30 per cent, 
by “energizing” them. Disc aerofoils, two feet in 

diameter, incorporating a variation of the simple two-plate 
electrical condenser, charged with 50 kilovolts and a total 
continuous energy input of 50 watts, had achieved a speed 
of seventeen feet per second in a circular air coui’se 
twenty feet in diameter. 

Larger discs, three feet in diameter, had run in a 
fifty-foot diameter air course under a charge of 160 kilo- 
volts with such impressive results that the cloak of secrecy 
had been thrown over them. 

Variations in this work had been done in a vacuum 
with startling results. A flame-jet generator to supply 
power up to 15 million volts was being developed; and 
such a force raised exponentially to levels capable of 
pushing man-carrying vehicles through the air — or outer 
space — at ultra high speeds was now the object of con- 
certed efforts in many countries. 

Once achieved, it would allow vehicles to behave like 
flying saucers — “Flying Saucer Review,” Vol. 1, No. 1, 
and Vol. 1, No. 5. 

Entirely new and unsuspected electrical waves simi- 
lar to electro-magnetic radio waves in basic concept are 
apparent in the ether, says “Interavia’s” contributor. 
They have been created and transmitted through layers 
of the most efficient kinds of electro-magnetic and electro- 
static shielding without apparent loss of power in any 
way. There was evidence, but no proof, that these waves 
were not limited by the speed of light ; the reason why the 
new science seemed to strike at the very foundations of 
Einsteinian Relativity Theory. 

Page Fotirfeen 


But rather than invalidate current basic _ concepts 
such as Relativity, the new knowledge of gravity would 
probably expand their scope, i-amifications and general 
usefs^ss. , 

most successful line of electro-gravitics research 
so far^'reported was that carried out by Townsend T. 
Brown, an American who had been researching into grav- 
ity for the past 30 years. He was now conducting research 
projects in the United States and on the Continent and 
postulated that there was between electricity and gravity 
a relationship called parallel and/or similar to that which 
existed between electricity and magnetism. And as the 
coil was the usable link in the case of electro-magnetics, 
so was the condenser that link in the case of electro- 

The detailed implications of man’s conquest of grav- 
ity, continued “Interavia’s" correspondent, were innumer- 
able. In cars, trains and boats the headaches of trans- 
mission of power from engine to wheels or propellers 
would simply cease to exist. Construction of bridges and 
big buildings would b_e_ greatly simplified by temporary 
induced weightlessness.* Other facets of work now under 
way indicated the possibility of close control of plant 
life; new therapeutic techniques; permanent fuel-less 
heating units for homes and industry; new manufacturing 
techniques and a whole new field of chemistry. The list 
was endless . . . and growing. 

Ignoring the military significance of electro-gravxtxcs 
in international affairs, what the development of the new 
science might do to the value of x’aw nxaterials was per- 
haps interesting to contemplate. Some materials were 
more prone to induced weightlessness than others. They 

were becoming known as gravitic isotopes. Some wex'e 
already quite hard to find, but others were common and, 
for the moment, cheap. Since these ultimately might be 
the vital lofting materials required to the creation of 
contra-gravitational fields, their value might become ex- 
tremely high with equivalent re-arrangeraent of wealth 
of national resources, balance of economic power and 
world geo-strategic concepts. 

How soon all this would come about was directly 
proportional to the amount of effort put into it. Sur- 
prisingly, countries usually in the lead in this type of 
research had only been fooling around. Britain, with her 
National Physical Laboratory, had apparently never seri- 
ously considered that the attempt to overcome gravity 
was worth the effort and was now scurrying around trying 
to discover what it was all about. The Americanst oiny 
put token amounts of money into resepeh, while the 
French, a little more open-mindedly, had initiated a num- 
ber of projects, but these were on a very small scale. 

Most of the work undertaken so far had been of a 
private nature, by undercapitalised university professors 
in lofts and basements. But the word was afoot now and 
the Governments were taking a growing interest. 

*It is believed the Pharaohs of Egypt possessed the secret 
and used it to build the Pyramids. 

tit is now well known that about fifteen American electronic 
and aircraft companies are actively engaged on anti-gravity re- 
search. See Flying Saucer Revietv, Jan.-Feb. The Indian Gov- 
ernment, too, is interested and has offered a substantial prize for 
the most valuable contribution to anti-gravity. — ^Ed, 

Project Magnet 


“Project Magnet” was authorized in December, 1950, 
following a request made to the Canadian Department 
of Transport by W. B. Smith, for permission to make use 
of the Department’s laboratory and field facilities in a 
study of unidentified flying objects and physical princi- 
ples which might appear to be involved. 

The programme consisted of two parts. The first 
part was the collecting of as much high quality data as 
possible, analysing it, and where possible, drawing con- 
clusions from it. The second part consisted of a system- 
atic questioning of all our basic concepts in the hopes 
of turning up a discrepancy which might prove to be the 
key to a new technology. 

Unfortunately, the programme was plagued by well- 
meaning but misguided journalists who were looking fox- 
spectacular copy, or copy which could be turned to 
political account, to such an extent that both those who 
were working on the project and the Department of 
Transport found themselves in an embarrassed position. 
Consequently, when the “Project Magnet” Report was 
made and pei-mission sought to extend the scope of the 
investigation through Federal financial suppox’t, the de- 
cision was finally made in 1954 that this would not be 
advisable in the face of the publicity from which the 
wliole project had suffered. 

“Project Magnet” was officially dropped by the De- 
partment of Transport in October, 19154, although the 
Department indicated its willingness to pex-rait the con- 
tinued use of laboratory facilities, provided this could 
be done at no cost to the public treasury. The project 
has been continuing under these conditions, and to this 
extent may be said to have gone underground. The 
Government of Canada is not a participant in the project 
and not in any way responsible for its conclusions. 

The conclusions reached by “Project Magnet” and 
contained in the official report were based on a rigid 
statistical analysis of sighting reports and were as fol- 
lows: There is a 91% probability that at least some of 
the sightings were of real objects of unknown origin. 
There is about a 60% probability that these objects were 
alien vehicles. (Alien meaning not of earthly fabrication.) 

The conclusions based on studies of the basic physi- 
cal concepts were as follows: Many of our fundamental 
concepts are inherently ambiguous and quite a different 
philosophy can be built up on the alternatives. Several 
of these alternatives lead to much simpler arithmetic, and 
presentations which do not have to resort to patchwork 
corrections to make them all-embracing. Furthermore, 
some of our ideas with respect to fields and their be- 
haviour are wrong. 

Recent “Project Magnet” activities have dealt with 
following up any and all leads. Many of these leads were 
dead ends, but a few were quite significant and well 
worth the overall effort. At the present time a definite 
pattern is emerging, and the groundwork is being laid 
for a new technology which may literally lead us to the 


It gives us every pleasure to pass on to our readers 
this most interesting statement on “Project Magnet” and 
excerpts from a recent accompanying letter. Wilbur B. 
Smith is head of the Canadian Government’s Transport 
Department’s Tele-communication Division. Members 
will recall many newspaper and book references to Smith 
(Keyhoe) and what he has to say is worthy of more than 
a passing interest. We thank him for the “statement” and 
his most welcome letter. — ^Ed. 


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April 24 Ui, 195G. 

Dear Mr. Fulton, 

I acknowledge your letter of April 15th and wish 
to thank you for your interest in my activities. Although 
“Project Magnet” has been officially closed down, I am 
still carrying on the investigation work on my own. In 
order to clarify my position I have prepared the enclosed 
statement. I have no objection to the publication of this 
statement provided that it is published in its entirety as 
submitted. , ^ . 

As hinted in the last paragraph of this statement, 
a great deal has been learned towards the founding of a 
new and advanced technology, but as yet we are iu the 
kindergarten, and have a lot of crawling and toddling 
to do b^ef ore we can walk, much less run ! 

It is quite true that our knowledge of the physical 
world in which we live is most inadequate and some of 
our ideas are quite wrong. But most people with any 

sort of a background in science have little difficulty in 
pointing up the deficiencies. Add to this the knowledge 
obtained through studies of the flying saucers and it all 
starts to clear up. It is really surprising how mucjfj\^>l the 
new technology actually is known now, but unreels?" nzed 
because it looks like something else; something that we 
have taught ourselves to accept blindly, sometimes con- 
trary to our ovTi better judgment. I think that if we 
were left to our own devices for about fifty years we 
could get off this planet by field manipulation. I think 
if as much effort were to be put on this pro 3 ect as was 
put on the atom bomb, we could do it in ten years. How- 
ever, I sincerely hope that we don’t do it until we out- 
grow the childish belligerence with which the majority 
seem to be afflicted. 

With best regards, 



Humanoid or Human? 

By Dr. Benjamin D. Benlncasa 

After a long wait, the United States and Great 
Britain finally spoke unofficially through their best- 
informed saucerologists (Keyhoe, Ruppelt, Cramp and 
Lord Dowding) on the intriguing question of UFOs. Fol- 
lowing closely on their heels were France’s top-notch 
ufological specialists (Guieu, Plantier, Thirouin, and 
Michel) with their penetrating saucer-phenomena findings. 

British, American and French saucer experts agree 
to a man that flying saucers are real, honest-to-goodness 
aircraft. They are all in agreement that the saucer- 
shaped flying machines are not of terrestrial manufac- 
ture. But not one of the enthusiastic ufologists will come 
out openly, clearly and boldly with a statement as to who 
is behind the saucer vehicles. Oh, yes, they have re- 
peatedly declared that a superior intelligence is behind 
the strange movements of the extramundane visitants. 
But none of the scientifically-trained saucer investigators 
has said — in spite of the accumulated evidence before 
them — that the saucer-ship occupants are human beings: 
God-fashioned creatures with body and soul, capable of 
thinking, reasoning, conversing, and inventing and con- 
structing complicated flying constructions with billion- 
mile ranges. 

It has shocked me no end whenever a saucerologist 
has asserted that flying-saucers must be operated by pure 
spirits. I have been equally shocked by saucerological 
declarations that our extra-terrestrial visitors must be 
half human and half beast. I have been no less disturbed 
by certain ufological pronouncements which have stressed 
the belief that disk-land pilots must be almost, but not 
quite, human ! Such nonsense ! 

The respected investigating author who really sur- 
prises me is France’s Mathematician Aime Michel. While 
rates high on my list of saucer craft publications, because 
of his unmistakably scientific, cold-fact approach to the 
UFO problem, I cannot for the life of me understand 
why he has refused to evaluate Europe’s, South America’s 
and North America’s “talking little men” and “dead little 
men” reports. 

Now, Scientist Michel has accepted the testimony of 
Gabriel Gachignard (“a simple man, honest, without 

imagination”), who claims that in October of 1952 he 
saw, from a distance of 50 yards, a 15-foot cigar land 
at Marignane Airport, at Marseilles. By the same token, 
why can’t Scientist Michel accept the testimonies of other 
equally simple, honest and unimaginative witnesses, such 
as Prance’s Pierre Lucas, Jean-Pierre Mitto, and Antoine 
Mazaud, Venezuela’s Gustavo Gonzales and Jose Ponce, 
and America’s John Quincey Black and John Van Allen, 
all of whom swear they saw one or more smallish, and/ or 
average-height, human creatures leave or enter decidedly 
unconventional flying craft? 

Let us remember that Black and Allen, two Brush 
Creek, Cal., mining prospectors, related that, at 6 :30 p.m. 
on June 20, 1953, they spotted, from a distance of about 
40 feet, an eight-foot-diameter, disc-like aircraft, which 
moments later was entered by a four-foot pilot, “a white 
man, with black hair and a closely-shaven face” who wore 
outlandish clothes and non-American foot-gear. 

Basil Benedict, a California newsman who inter- 
viewed Black and Allen after their saucer pilot experi- 
ence, wrote on June 25, 1953, that he could not arrive 
“at a single reason why these miners should attempt to 
perpetrate a hoax” on him. 

What has surprised so many lay saucerologists is the 
keen interest which Christian theologians have increas- 
ingly shown in the saucer-pilot reports. Nearly two years 
ago a distinguished American clergyman, whom I have 
known very well for the past 42 years and who now re- 
sides in Vatican City, was kind enough to answer a brief 
but to-the-point questionnaire of mine dealing with these 
momentous topics; (1) the existence or non-existence of 
saucercraft; (2) the take-off point or points of flying 
saucers; (3) the bodily appearance and degree of intelli- 
gence of our saucership visitants; (4) whether or not the 
disc visitors are related to terrestrial human beings; (5) 
whether or not the Book of Genesis is the Church's sole 
basis for deciding the origins of extra-terrestrial intelli- 
gent life; (6) whether or not the disc pilots bear the 
same manner of original sin which has been transmitted 
to terrestrial humanity by sinful Adam and Eve. 

I had barely received a reply to my questionnaire 
than I became fully acquainted with two notably sub- 

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stantiated facts: first, that Fathers Gregory Miller and 
C. M. de Beata Assumption e and several other Catholic 
priests the world over who had personally observed flying 
sauce?:s^^ere privately assei'ting that the airborne objects 
which )™' had seen might have an extra-terrestrial basis; 
second^ chat Catholic theologians K. Staab, M. Schmaus, 
F. J. Connell, W. T. Wood, P. Crowley, and a score of 
other Catholic theological authorities were voicing the 
opinion that human creatures like ourselves might reside 
on other planets, and that, should we terrestrials be 
smart enough to build interplanetary aircraft and one 
day land on extra-terrestrial soil, we might meet our 
solar-system brethren. 

But it remained for my Vatican City correspondent 
(whose name for the moment I may not mention) to tell 
me precisely how a group of celebrated Roman ecclesias- 
tical minds felt about extramundane humanity, original 
sin, etc. This is what my correspondent wrote me, in 
part: “The Faith-binding article that all human beings 
are descendants of Adam, according to many theologians, 
really applies to Earthians, although some theologians 
hold that it applies to all persons with body and soul, 
regardless of where they may be . . . This question had 
not been settled by the Church; and, as a consequence, 
it is not unreasonable for the faithful Catholic to hold 
either position until the Church renders an Article-of- 
Faith decision.” 

This unofficial information tells us that theologians 
in Vatican City form two schools: one holds that the 
Book of Genesis, when speaking of hte creation of Man, 
really refers to the formation of Terrestrial Man; the 
other maintains that the same narrative unfolds the story 
of the origins of the very First Man — ^the progenitor of 
universal humankind, on this and other planetary bodies. 

Regardless of which school v/e follow, we cannot 
escape the extremely important fact that Terrestrial In- 

telligent Beings and Extra-terrestrial Intelligent Beings 
have been made “to the image and likeness of God.” To 
them alone He gave the upright stature ; to them alone He 
gave a unique bodily shape, the ability to “make use of 
reason and intellect to understand and consider God,” 
the faculties of language, thought and ingeniousness, and 
the will to attain eternal happiness in His Kingdom. 

I repeat: the informal, unofficial belief of Roman 
theologians is that, if saucerships exist, they are manned 
by highly intelligent human beings, who look very much 
like us. 

Some of our more scientifically-bent theologians re- 
siding here and abroad contend that the Saucerians are 
here primarily to investigate whether Earthians constitute 
a potential or actual threat to the peace of Saucerland. 
True, their trips do have scientific purposes — the possible 
discovery of new metals, and new plants and soils for the 
preparation of better medicinals, the learning of the 
extent to which our Earth has tilted; the sighting of 
newly-emerged oceanic islands and the plotting of loca- 
tions where islands once existed; the determining of 
whether certain shorelines may be inundated at some 
future time; the progress we have made in aeronautics,- 
astronautics, astrophysics, astronomy, electronics, and 
ballistics. Yet, their chief concern is — do men like 
Scientist Zwicky wish to bomb their planets out of their 
normal orbital paths and into abnormal, artificial routes 
around the Sun? How warlike could Earthians become 
if they were given more terrific H-bombs and 2 5,0 00-mil e- 
per-hour war craft? 

The wise theologians are convinced that Earthmen 
must first outlaw war if they wish to win the respect of 
Saucerians. Even if future terrestrial astronauts do 
enter the atmosphere of saucer-based Luna, the Saucer- 
ians will not allow them to land if they discover that 
their intruders still have war-like and conquistadorial 
ideas in mind. 


“Buffalo Evening News,” August 27th, 1956. 

BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 27 — Venus has been broad- 
casting some astronomically interesting radio signals, an 
Ohio State University scientist said today. 

The signals come in pulses often a second or more 
and sometimes there is a long string of them, with more 
or less uniform intervals between, said Dr. John D. Kraus 
in a paper read to the American Astronomical Society. 

The frequency of the signals ranges from 2,000,000 
to 4,000,000 cycles a second. Those at the higher fre- 
quency arrive as much as 2 seconds ahead of those on the 
lower side of the band. This suggests. Dr. Kraus said, 
that the electrified atmospheres of Venus and the Earth 
and the space between have an anomalous way of dis- 
persing radio waves. 

The distant planet also sends out another class of 
radio signals which might be the product of lightning 
storms. Dr. Kraus said. Sometimes they sizzle away for 
as long as 12 hours. They fluctuate greatly in intensity, 
with peaks occurring 20, 39, 63 and 90 minutes, 6 hours 
25 minutes, and 11 days apart. 

Every day the peaks of intensity arrive about 7 
minutes earlier than they did the day previously. This 
gives a clue to the planet’s rotation period, Dr. Kraus 
said, and probably means that it turns around once every 
certain number of days minus 7 minutes for each day in 
the process. 

It will take more obsex'ving to determine the number 
of days required for rotation, Dr. Kraus reported, 

Venus is overlaid by a thick bank of clouds which 
prevents direct observation of the planet’s surface. The 
radio signals some day may enable scientists to find out 
more about what lies beneath these clouds. 




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Page Seventeen 

From Australia 

and tke P/idfic -AMa 


“Register,” Townsville, Queensland. 

MACK AY, May 16. — ^Four people saw a “flying 
saucer” off Proserpine last Saturday night. 

They were: Miss Grace Herbetson and Mr. John 
Murray, of Airlie Beach, and two fishermen. 

The story of the four people’s experience was 
brought to Mackay today by South Australian business- 
man, Mr. K. Morley. , 

Mr. Morley said Miss Herbertson and Mr. Murray 
were on the beach at about 8 p.m. when they saw a large 
reddish object come swiftly from an easterly direction 
and hover over Airlie Beach for several minutes. 

Miss Herberston and Mr. Murray and the fishermen 
told Mr. Morley the saucer made a humming noise as it 
hovered above them and then sped away to the east, 
where it appeared to stand stationary over Hayman 

“Bright Lights in Sky” 


“Sunday Telegraph,” Sydney, July 8th, 1956. 

An R.A.A.F. plane flew over North Sydney yesterday 
to invesigate a report of two unidentified objects in the 

The pilot found no explanation for the sighting of 
the objects. ^ ^ , 

The R.A.A.F, was acting on a report from Mr. Alan 
Light of Lloyd Avenue, Cremorne. ,.1. ^ 

Mr. Light had earlier told the Sunday Telegraph that 
he and other Cremorne residents sighted two unusual 

objects in the sky, . ,. 4. -4.1, +i, 

Mr. Light was a radar equipment operator with the 
R.A.A.F, in World War II. 

“The objects had a metallic appearance, and gave 
off a bright light,” he said. 

“They appeared between noon and 1 p.m. about JUUU 

feet up. 

“They were almost stationary. 

“The objects disappeared for about an hour, but one 
reappeared again about 10 past two. , 

“They weren’t aircraft nor were they weather bal- 
loons — I’ve seen plenty of them.” 

An R.A.A.F. spokesman said the objects could have 
been reflected light from the planet Venus, at present 
close to the earth. 

Mystery Blasts Rock Melbourne 


"Telegraph,” Sydney, June 29th, 1956. 

MELBOURNE, Thurs. — Mysterious explosions rocked 
Melbourne on a 60-mile arc just before 3 p.m. today. 

Defence, Civil Aviation and Weather Bureau authori- 
ties could give no explanation of the blasts. 

But police said the explosions and the accompanying 
tremors were the strongest Melbourne had felt, 

A wind blast following the explosions hurled people 
to the ground at Altona, eighty miles south-west of 

Mclb^n^. Geelong Road, Footscray, said 

he was blown from his bicycle. 

A few minutes before 3 p.m. explosions occurred on 
the 60-mile arc. 

Tremors which followed shook homes in most Mel- 
bourne suburbs and towns near the city. 

In many homes windows were cracked and crockery 
was broken. 

Wide area 

Reports of the explosion came from widely separated 

Frankston, 24 miles south of Melbourne on the east- 
ern side of Port Phillip Bay. 

Keilor, 10 miles north-west of Melbourne City. 

Werribee, 20 miles south of Melbourne, on the west- 
ern side of Port Phillip Bay. 

Ringwood, 15 miles east of Melbourne. 

The heart of the city. 

To add to the mystery, the noise and concussion were 
felt only in parts of some city buildings. 

The blasts startled thousands of city shoppers. 

Huge plate-glass windows shook. 

Fire engines went to many houses which occupiers 
feared had blown up. , . tt 

A brick wall collapsed in Banksia Stret, Heidelberg, 
eight miles north-west of Melbourne. 

Dogs howled and hid under houses. 

Official reactions were; 

Lara, Essendon an Mangalore airports said no air- 
craft were up at the time. 

The Weather Bureau reported no meteors. 

Melbourne Observatory’s seismograph recorded no 

The Defence Department said no new weapon or air- 
craft tests could have caused the blasts. 

Munitions factories and storage depots said no 
ammunition had blown up. 

Quarry masters said they were not exploding charges 
at the time. 


Japan News, Tokyo, May 1st, 1956. 

“Flying saucers” were reported over various parts 
of Tokyo on Wednesday night. 

The strange flying objects, which have been creating 
a sensation since they were first reported- in the U.S. in 
1947, were seen in Chiba Prefecture and Koto, Kita and 
Nakano Wards. , , 

In Kita-Sunamachi, Koto Ward, factory worker 
Sadao Hachiya, 23, and five of his friends saw a bright 
object about the size of a football flying low over the 

loof ^0^^^ Yomiuri Shimbun’s Koto Bureau that 

the object, which was a brilliant white, flew toward 
Kameido Station and disappeared just before 8 p.m. 

In Hirobune-cho, Kita Ward, Miss 'Turuko Kurihara, 
23, saw a greenish object with a red tail flashing across 
the skies “faster than a jet plane” at about 7.59 
Miss Kurihana said the object, from 20 to oO tunes 
the size of the tail end of a plane, was in sight for about 
five seconds. , . , , 

The flashing object made no noise but caused severe 
distortion on television sets in that area, according to 

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Melbourne, July 10th, 1956 (By Airmail), 

Tvr web-like white threads drifting through 

M_elbov.\Sie s seaside suburbs hang from lines and wires, 
stick to cars and clothes, catch in trees — and vanish in a 
few hours. 

Six scientists of the Commonwealth Scientific and 
Industrial Organisation have studied the threads. They 
have tested them with ethyl acetate, acetone, lactophenol 
blue dye, magnified them a hundred times, burnt them, 
melted them, turned them orange. 

Said one of them, “It’s not wool, it doesn’t come 
from feathers, it’s not cotton, it’s not wood-fibre, and it 
doesn’t look like a synthetic fibre.’’ 

Some of them are thinking in terms of spiders yet 
to be identified but, as the threads have a melting quality, 
they are further puzzled. 

Copy of the letter forwarded to the named 
organization on the date stated below. 


Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Organization, 
Melbourne, Australia. 

Dear Sir, 

Am in receipt of cable news item dated July 12th, 
originating Melbourne, reporting C.S.LO. Scientist’s in- 
vestigations of strange web-like threads which fell in Mel- 
bourne seaside suburbs. Should your organization have 
more than a passing interest, I take pleasure in passing on 
the information below, with the hope that it may be of 
some value. 

During the course of my nine years’ interest and 
investigations of 'Unidentified Plying Objects,’ many re- 
ports have been received, where the strange objects and 
this threadlike substance has been witnessed simultan- 
eously. Usually witnesses have claimed that the white 
material appeared to be jettisoned from the rear of the 

. Both military and civilian scientists have investigated 
this substance, but in the main their analysis have not 
been published. They have, however, made much com- 
ment on its apparent properties. At this time I have quite 
a dossier on the falls of ‘Angels’ Hair’ on ‘Threads of the 
Virgin’ (popular terms of description). There have been 
a number of earlier falls in Australia and New Zealand. 

This gelatinous material quickly vanishes on being 
handled, it sometimes stains the skin a greenish hue 
temporary — this also shortly vanishes. All traces have 
usually vanished within 24 hours, as a maximum. Its 
colour varies slightly with falls — ^white, dirty white, ash- 
grey — and sometimes has a pinkish tint. It is reportedly 
quite strong — resisting tensional loads (or stretching), 
but on release coils up in a pig-tail-like curl. It burns 
readily and is usually electro-statically charged. 

One of the most spectacular falls of ‘Angels’ Hair’ 
(see ‘Sydney Morning Herald,’ Sat., Oct. 30th, 1954) 
occurred at Florence, Italy, on the 28th Oct., 1954. Some 
15,000 football fans lost interest in the game, as did the 
players and for 30 minutes excitedly watched formations 
of manoeuvring disc and cigar-shaped objects perform- 
ing in the clear sky above. The objects were seen to 
jettison whitish material which drifted down and settled 
in the immediate area. 

Cable news further reported that a professor on the 
scene (not named) managed to salvage a portion and 
subject it to an analysis at his laboratory. He stated that 
the analysis showed that the predominant constituents 
were Boron, Calcium, Silicon, and Magnesium. “It bore 
resemblance to the constitutents of Borosilicate glass,’’ 
stated the professor. 

In the ‘Sydney Morning’ report, mentioned above, 
Sydney University’s Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Pro- 
fessor A. V. Stephens; the Dean of Faculty of Science, 
Professor T. G. Room and Dr. J. M. Blat, of the Physics 
Division, all made comment on the Florence incident. 

Charles Maney, Head of the Physics Dept., 
Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, U.S.A., is most seriously 
interested in the ‘UFO’ and is currently investigating the 
strange whitish substance. 

A large fall last year in the United States, reported 
Y® covered an entire Atomic Commission plant, 
baffled scientists on the location. Their published com- 
ment read very similar to that reported in the Melbourne 
cable news first referred to. 

^ terrific explosion (press re- 

ported 28th and 29th June, 1956) that rocked Melbourne 
over a 60-mile arc. These incidents are on the increase 
and mainl^y occur in the vicinity of populated areas. 
Some of these mysterious aerial explosions rock areas 
up to 90 miles radius and are frequently preceded by a 
vivid orange or blue flash. Most tiines the weather is fine 
in the areas affected and all blameworthy authorities 
vigorously deny responsibility. 

Shock waves from aircraft breaking the sonic barrier 
create similar effects without the flash, but the areas 
affected are usually selective and far more narrowly de- 
fined. These explosions represent another link iii the 
clue to the answer to the saucer riddle. 

the exact date of the recent Melbourne 
fall of Angels’ Hair,’ investigated bv your scientists, but 
you cannot help but notice that the aerial explosion that 
rocked Melbourne preceded the fall of thread-like 
material by only a few days, if that. 

hsted the seven major clues correlated to 
UFOs in the accompanying news sheet enclosed, for your 
possible interest. Sincerely hope I have not bored you 
detail, only wish to aid your investigating 


Would most appreciate learning more details of the 
recent incident and result of investigation, if so con- 

Your faithfully, 



“Fiji Times,” 19th July. 

The mystery of the strange lights seen over Levuka 
on July 18th has been deepened by reports of similar 
’ Au j®®” Sydney on the same night 

All Sydney newspapers had reports of the mysterious 
lights, but a check by puzzled aviation officials find that 
there were no aircraft near where the lights were re- 
ported. The control tower at Sydney Airport failed to 
make radio contact with the object. 


“Telegraph,” Sydney, N.S.W., 16th July, 1956. 

Sydney people reported having seen a bright light 
surrounded by a red halo over French’s Forest yesterday. 

They said the light appeared soon after 11 a.m. and 
hovered over the forest for half an hour. 

People who phoned the “Daily Telegraph” said the 
light moved too slowly to have come from an aircraft 

Mr. C. W. Waterman, of Ourimbah Road, Mosman, 
was sitting on the front verandah of his house when he 
noticed it. 

He said : “It was a brilliant pinpoint like a miniature 
electric globe, surrounded by a red aura, 

“My son, Beresford", brought out a pair of high- 
powered fieldglasses and we had a closer look. 

“Through the glasses the light took on a triangular, 
lampshade-like shape. 

“About 11.25 it disappeared in a cloud haze, but re- 
appeared five minutes later, moving slowly out to sea.”. 

Mr. A. Lennon, of Hornsby, also phoned the “Daily 


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He J^aid the light increased and 
tensity for 15 minutes, then disappeared, slowly tiavcll 

Tspokesman for Mascot Control could not account 

not have any weather balloons up between 

^*The^^ A. A.F. Home'^Command Operations 
said no Air Force plane was over Northern Sydney at the 


Poval Australian Air Force observers were the first 

to ^tw, at 7 «hf 

n+iiov vptiorts said however, that the light alteinai 
be^ee^^a sta?fonkr? position and a fast movement 
the skv The Observatory at Sydney said the 
onirSplanaS they could be that the light came from 
?fi u?M6t Venus. (Someone at the observation will get 
jSlted Jver tWs-because Venus is at present a morning 

star. ^Ed.) Credit Mrs. Jolly, Hamilton. 


Sid* tbe^wSchedVe weird eSe of brilliant a^- 

Soaching them noiselessly through the air; they said it 

S £i’irnii.iJ r “in Sithy-rth*l ev^ 

July 18th, 


‘S"^iort"ed"at 10^45 a.m., a brilliant object in the 

t^ajf^Je i^veTM’-ifJ’iin rfaiayTn!^^^^^^^ 

rore™thirai Jwintrf lu^den'ly it vanished as mys- 
teriously as it had come, 


P. NicholU. R-D.l, Wellsford. 

”^*'sU^*^Aug. 4. — A sky phenomenon last night and 

'o«?arpi-d » 4Sl «*shoPi 

Ster 7 p nl /eSdiy. It was still visible at S a.m. today. 

Among many reports was that of Mr. Hari 
Bachelor of Science, a master at the Manst Brothels 
College in Suva. He said that at 9.50 P’™* 

Siw a spindle-shaped deep golden-yellow ligh|^-mMn„ 

Th«e^^d&iSt^^^^^ of lipt radiated 
longest of which was vertically upward. The tapering 

saw the main rays change 

«?everal times and assume the shape of a plus sign, 
several umes^a surrounded the 

°'^'^®^The meteorological officer in charge at Laucala Bay, 

Mr. A, Good, said his office could not ^Ed \ 

("We are sei’iously investigating this report. Ed.) 


From Mr. A. B. S. Russell, Accountant and Store- 
keeper for a large Western Australia estate, _ pongelm 
Park Williams,’ comes the details of a very interesting 
Srlv 1956 sighting. Mr. Russell, a captain 
ing the last World War, had read the article on C.SJ 

!lt"'2ud“*S?6“ i^u/d?vT?ve 

Diary. Friday. 

20th January, 1956: — _ 

Fine and warm, wind o.£j. , , . 

Clover harvesting proceeding, 
sembled and tried out. Creegnali N. phoued from Peith 
to say they will be at Narrogin 6 a.m. Arranged to meet 

^ FT pne'ine aoing all day. Pumps wanted for water- 

iug gSeur’striugf S 

and self at 5 p.m. First sighted by Mrs. H. from T. J. S. 

Fowler’s front lawn. Locality of object about one hand s 
span S.E. of moon, which was clearly visible. Mis. R. 

tVip obiect might be a very bright star and diew 
m^atention ti U. M first glanel I thought it might be 
bright sun’s rays on a high flying, hovering bird. As my 
eyes got properly focused I could see was a b^ 
at considerable height, anything from 10,000 to 20,000 
feet No noise whatsoever. Hovering continued fo*", ^ 
minkte or two and then the object started to move with 
SiSmodic ffiipetus towards the S.W (surface winds 
were S.E.) The strange, slow spasmodic forward move- 
ment continued until the object went out of sight in the 
far S W. The shape of the object, as far as I could see 
<■ sketch like a cottage loaf of bread). When it got ^ay 
from its first almost vertical position, it seemed to have 

deptl^^f b seemed to be a bright li^ght aft 

(white) with a duller yellow light above, and forward. 
As the object got further away advancing by jumps 
forward at roughly second intervals, and not at any 
g?eat speed, the white light aft seemed to brighten with 
each forward lump. When fading in the far distance, 
thflast we could see of it was the intermittent brighten- 

°We^ii?cinviSed that it was not any sort of plane 
or helicopter we had ever heard of. It was not a bird 
nor a star nor comet, nor was it a balloon nor a piece of 
SSer at great height, which we have sometimes^ seen 
?l^?ried up to fantastic heights by willy-willies and 
sueb-like. ^We reported the matter by phone to the Dept, 
of Civil Aviation, who requested us to_ wiute a full ac- 
count to the Dept, at Perth for redirecting to Melbourne. 
'““Footnote: Mr. Bussell enclosed u copy of the >;eply 
he received from Perth. A most 

Mr Russell for bis report, informing him that it would 
go tp the appropriate Military authorities in Melbourne 

for tjiis Western Australian sighting 

proves very interesting, because the following 
wSapai. Auckland, N.Z., four met. personnel of the 
radar hut making a routine raincloud search were com- 


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pletely baffled by a cluster of strange, very strong blips 
that appeared on the screen of their M7 set. (Full details 
our J^'.-June edition.) 

^!^vas not until July that we learned from Mr. 
Campv>ffl of Ponsonby, Auckland, that he had seen first 
one very bright moving light in the sky, at 1.15 a.m. 
22/1/56, and on bringing his wife out to witness the 
strange object, he was further surprised to see now 
10 to 12 whitish, oval lights moving very fast south- 
west in a vee formation. Mr. Campbell was quite sure of 
the day and date — ^for he had noticed the press report 
the following Tuesday telling of the Whenuapai radar 

“The Free Press,” Singapore, Malaya. 

Headed “Atlantean Survivors in Space Ships Pilot 
Those Flying Saucers,” a strong argument for the UFOs 
is featured on a full page of the Singapore “The Free 
Press,” 18th June, 1956, by Pelham Groom. “Have you 
seen one?” asks “The Free Press.” “What are your views 
on Flying Saucers? We are anxious to find out what 
readers think of this potentially dangerous subject. Where 
do you think they come from? What are Flying Saucers?” 
Pelham Groom is a man who writes on this subject after 
20 years’ experience in the Royal Air Force. What he 
has to say here is not all conjecture. “Flying Saucers are 
a vital concern to every man, woman and child. Your 
safety may be endangered any day. Write to the Free 
Press. We want all the news we can get on Flying 
Saucers.” (CSI has made immediate contribution. — ^Ed.) 


“Telegraph,” Sydney, 7th August, 1956. 

Hundreds of people last night watched “a peculiar 
red object like a comet” moving in the sky east of Sydney. 

The object was sighted by people from Bondi to 
Lane Cove. 

The object was first noticed at 9 p.m. and was still 
visible an hour and a quarter later. 

Groups of Bondi people stood on street corners 
watching the object. 

Mr. H. Warham, Clyde Street, Bondi, said he and 
his family watched the object for an hour. 

He said; “It’s the most astonishing thing I've ever 


“It looked like a rocket with a tail heading for the 
earth at terrific speed. 

“It glowed in a fiery red brilliance, then faded almost 
to a pin point. Then it seemed to return. 

“I’ve seen everything that flies in the sky, but this 
defies description.” 

“Although I don’t believe in flying saucers, I find it 
hard to believe this is anything like a plane. 

“It‘s the first time I’ve noticed it.” 

“Kept Rising” 

Mr.^ W. F. Boyling, Lane Cove, said: “At first it 
looked like the light on the top of a television mast. 

“But when it kept rising in the sky I became really 

“At times it was obscured by clouds. But it was 
quite bright. I’ve never seen anything like this before.” 

The Government Astronomer (Mr. H. Wood) dis- 
counted the suggestion that the object was Venus. 

He said : “It could have been Mars, but it has been 
in that position some time and hasn’t drawn much atten- 

Cloudy conditions made it impossible for Mr. Wood 
to watch the object through the Observatory’s telescope. 


“Mirror,” Sydney, 13th August, 1956. 

Arkansas City, Mon. (Ins). — Several unidentified tear- 
shaped objects casting weird lights in the sky caused 
a mystery when they were reported seen floating over 
several Kansas communities. 

Two of the strange objects, with lighted, dangling 
tentacles, were viewed for five hours over Arkansas City 
by Brian Coyne, city editor of the Arkansas City Travel- 
er, his wife, Irene, Mr. and Mrs. A. Bradberry, who had 
been fishing, and three policemen. 

Coyne said the mysterious bulbs cast a metallic blue 
or bluish green light and moved slowly, frequently chang- 
ing positions. 

Witnesses in Wichita, Hutchinson, El Dorado and 
Wellington (Kas.) also reported seeing what appeared to 
be a huge light bulb dancing in the sky. 

A State patrolman first reported seeing the objects 
moving east at a high rate of speed near Hutchinson. 

Later, McConnell Air Force Base at Wichita sent out 
a B29 bomber and Smokey Hill Air Force Base despatched 
two jet planes to investigate. 

An object was picked up on the radar screen at 

The mystery has not been solved. 

. . . for the Student 

Aime Michel (tr. by Paul Selver). New York: 
Criterion Books, Inc. 255 pp. $3.95. 

8 Robert Hale, London. 

By Dr. Benjamin D. Benincasa. 

For the second time this year a French- authored 
saucer work has been translated into English and circu- 
lated in English-speaking countries. 

The first French saucer craft book, Jimmy Guieu’s 
came out early this spring. The current saucer ship woi'k, 
be offered for sale in America on June 8th, 1956. 

narrative romanticizing saucer sightings and saucer land- 
ings. On the contrary, it is a soberly thought-out and 
well- written volume by a celebrated French mathema- 

tician and engineer named Aime Michel. Author Michel, 
who is typical of the real matter-of-fact, rationalist 
French scientist, does not take flying saucers for granted. 
He does not blatantly exclaim, “Plying saucers exist!” 
Rather, he submits his facts — his portfolio-packed flying 
saucer evidence, and says to the reader: “Here they are 
— the carefully-reported sightings of Unidentified Flying 
Objects throughout the world: in Europe, Africa, the 
Middle East and the United States . . . Now, you be the 
judge of whether they could possibly be the products of 
terrestrial aeronautical engineers.” 

Michel dispassionately evaluates the natural-phenom- 
ena hypothesis of America’s Dr. Donald Menzel. He 
obsei’ves that Menzel’s attitude to the flying saucers 
“seems to me (Michel) hardly consistent with ordinary 
common sense.” 

The author also analyzes Lt. Planner’s solution of 
the flying saucer riddle. Michel terms it “all-embracing 
and revolutionary.” Three years ago, Lt. Plantier, one 


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of the smartest minds of the new French Air Force, in- 
dicated that a not-as-yet terrestrially-exploited space 
energy powered the flying saucers. He even attempted 
to explain “the silence, the thermal resistance, the 
changes of shape, and the manoeuvrability of the flying 

“Flying Saucers and Theology” is the section of 
Michel’s book which particularly caught my eye. 9^ 
pages 240-243, he reproduces an article which was origin- 
ally written by Washington’s Father F. J. Connell for the 
ary contribution, the Washin^on priest conceives of four 
spiritual states in which beings exist. While Scientist 
Michel makes no personal comments on these four order 
of beings, he neither attempts to evaluate the alleged 
flying-saucer landing reports and “little men” contact 

stories appearing in all French newspapers in 1954. 

Does Michel prefer to believe that flying-saucer pilots 
are created unlike us and, therefore, “breathe ^.ihane 
as we breathe oxygen, and quench their thirst v§rt’ . am- 
monia and hydrochloric acid?” 

contains an introduction, three parts, an index and 32 in- 
teresting illustrations, deserves the attention and respect 
accorded the disc works of Major Donald E. Keyhoe and 
Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt. The Michel volume, although 
a serious book composed of cold facts and involved 
theories, will be enjoyed not only by the technically- 
inclined reader but also by the science-fiction enthusiast 
who is accustomed to devouring exciting stories about 
things extra-terrestrial. 


Edited by M. K. Jessup 

The extraordinary success of Mr. Jessup’s The 
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proves that the public is neither satisfied nor de- 
ceived by the generally negative statements of offi- 
cial bodies and governments on the numerous sight- 
ings of flying saucers and other unidentified flying 
objects. Moreover, the recent announcements by 
the British, American and Russian Governments 
on their respective proposals to launch Space Satel- 
lites have thrown a new light upon the possibilities 
of space travel, whether from the earth outwards 
or from other worlds earthwards. 

The UFO Annua! contains up-to-date informa- 
tion on the most recent sightings of mysterious 
objects in the skies, and also contains the most 
recent knowledge on the Space Satellite schemes. 
It is an analysis and interpretation of all the most 
significant events concerning UFOs in this past year, 
made from the scientific point of view. It has been 
written in the same penetrating and searching 
manner that made The Case For the UFO “the 
most informative of the flying saucer books to 
date.” Mr. Jessup makes no special plea. He is con- 
tent to record the evidence, and to weigh it in a 
detached and extremely critical manner. He makes 
no attempt to proceed from a few flimsy half-facts 
to sensational conclusions. Instead, he has gathered 
together a most astonishing body of reliable records, 
including many official statements, and subjected 
them to thoroughly scientific investigation. This 
book contains 320 pages, and has been very com- 
pletely and profusely illustrated. The reader will 
be in a position to draw his own conclusion from 
the astonishing body of information that Mr. Jessup 
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There seems to be an abundance of UFO books or 
books devotinf? at least some space to the UFO problem 
among- the books currently selling well to technically in- 
clinw^idividuals. The response APRO has received as 
a re^lj of the mention in Donald Keyhoe’s latest (and 
been nothing short of phenomenal and we’d like to take 
this opportunity to welcome them, scientist and layman, 
one and all. 

“FORGOTTEN MYSTERIES,” by R. DeWitt Miller, 
is an absorbing book dealing with oddities (including 
saucers) which have been neglected by science and for- 
gotten by the masses. It’s enchanting reading and no 
doubt would be of interest to anyone interested in the 
unorthodox and seemingly unsol vable mysteries. 

Another book by Miller, recently published and just 
recently reviewed by the Director is “YOU DO TAKE IT 
WITH YOU.” Although not particularly interested in the 
paranormal, the Director enjoyed the book thoroughly 
and noted added oddities related to UFO. A good addition 
to any UFO researcher’s collection. 

Received is a review copy of UFO ANNUAL by M. K. 
Jessup. The writer highly endorses this book which lists 
chronologically sightings and important events in ufology 
for 1955. Equally absorbing is the author’s scholarly 
opinion, elastic theories and occasionally trenchant com- 
ments which garnish the quotative text. The UFO AN- 
NUAL is a well-timed sequel to Jessup’s previous woi-k. 
The Case for the UFO. 

375 pages, price $4.95 — Publisher, Citadel. 

Something new for the saucer fan. Offered for the 
first time is a Flying Saucer Chart loaded with encylopedic 
information. Excellent reference material for the busy 
saucer student, and recommended for beginners: 22 x 24 
in black, white and red. A visual survey of the UFO 
picture. Shows 136 shapes, over 1400 items. 

Price: $1.00. Order; Keziah, 916 S. 21st St., Arlington, 


C.R.I.F.O. “ORBIT” — Monthly, printed quarto size, 4 
reading pages. Leading US “UFO” Saucer Bulletin. 
Write Len Stringfield, 7017 Britton Ave., Cincinnati 
27, Ohio. First class mail $3.60 per year. 

“FLYING SAUCER REVIEW” — Leading English publi- 
cation. Bi-monthly printed, 32 pages glossy paper. 
Largest circulation. Write “P.S.R.,” 1 Doughy St., 
London, W.C.l, England. £1/6/- per six issues. 

printed in French, 1 sheet newspaper size, much 
European information. 17/6 yearly. Write Prof. 
Nahon, Director, World Interplanetary Association, 
25 Avenue Debantou, Lausanne, Switzerland. 

“SAUCERS” — Quarterly, printed, octavo, 16 pages, 4 
issues $1.00. Write Max Miller, Director, F.S.I., 
P.O. Box 35034, Los Angeles 35, California. 

“APRO BULLETIN” — ^Bi-monthly, cyclostyled, quarto, 
22 pages. $3.00 yearly. Write Carol Lorenzen, 
Director, 1712 Van Court, Alamogordo, New Mexico, 

“SAUCERIAN BULLETIN” — Monthly, linotype, quarto 
size. Write Gray Barker, P.O. Box 2228, Clarks- 
burg, West Virginia, U.S.A. 

“FLYING SAUCER REVIEW” — (U.S.A.) monthly, cy- 
clostyled, $3.50 yearly. Write (Civilian Saucer In- 
telligence, 5108 Findlay Street, Seattle 18, Wash- 


“FLYING SAUCER RECORD” — Quarterly, cyclostyled, 
10/- yearly. Write Fred Stone, Director, Australia 
Flying Saucer Research Society, 22 Northcote Street, 
Kilburn, South Australia. 

There are many others, which we will mention in 
later issues. If particularly interested, write to CSI. 


May, 1956 — ^Vol. 2, No. 6. 

“Flying Saucer Review” is the official publication of 
Civilian Flying Saucer Intelligence, a non-profit publi- 
cation of a non-profit, non-sectarian organization. The 
Review is published monthly. Subscriptions: U.S., U.S. 
possessions and Canada — $3.00 a year. Foreign coun- 
tries: $3.50 a year. 

Send all subscriptions, correspondence, etc., to — 



Text by Willy Ley, 
Paintings by Chesley Bonestell. 

Price: 36/-. 

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Technical Director General Co-ordinator 

1312 Grove Ave., Reoine 4 Au Sable Forke, New York 


No. A-1 — By George Adamski: An analysis of statements 
made by the Secretary of the Air Force, Donald 
Quarles, in his public statement on November 8 
1955, and by General Douglas MacArthur on his 
views of war between the planets. Also comments 
on the spectrograph, and other issues relating to 
flying saucers and astronomy. (40 minutes.) 

No, A-2 — ^By George Adamski: Covers an analysis of 
structure of the other planets in the solar system, 
made on a basis of chemical analysis and compared 
with the chemical make-up of our own planet. (30 
minutes. ) 

No, A-3 — By Desmond Leslie and George Adamski: Leslie 
tells of flying saucer sightings in England followed 
by both men answering questions put to them by the 
readers of their book, “Flying Saucers Have Landed.” 
Content good, but the recorded quality is poor, (30 

No, A-4 — ^By George Adamski: From a broadcast of the 
programme called the “Ed Bauman Show,” over 
Station WE OK, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. References to 
Adamski’s book, “Inside the Space Ships,” and 
questions about it. (10 minutes.) 

. . Page Tweuly- three 

No. A-S — By Captain Edward Ruppelt and George Adam- 
ski: Ruppelt was the former head of the U.S.A.F. 
Project Bluebook and the interview was made while 
Ruppelt was gathering material for his book. Re- 
corded quality poor, (30 minutes,) 

No. K-1 — By Major Donald Keyhoe and Jonathan Leonard 
(Science Editor of TIME Magazine) : A debate on 
flying saucers, as broadcast over “Town Meeting 
of the Air” (C)BS 11-16-53). Also contains a ques- 
tion and answer period at the conclusion of the 
debate. (40 minutes.) 

No. BR-1 — By Truman Bethurum: An interview with 
Truman Bethurum and John Otto by Howard Miller 
on the “Howard Miller Show” (NBC 5-14-54). Mr. 
Bethurum calling eleven personal contacts with a 
saucer and people from another plant as outlined in 
his book, “Aboard a Flying Saucer.” (20 minutes.) 
No. D-1 — ^By Dr. A, G. Dittmar: “An Introduction to 
Flying Saucers” covei‘ing events from the first sight- 
ing up to the present day knowledge of UFOs; plus 
suggested reading. (30 minutes.) 

No. D-2 — By Dr. A. G. Dittmar: Hemmingford, Quebec, 
Landing. A personal interview with a French- 
Can adian family who had a flying saucer land on 
their farm. Conducted by Dr, Dittmar, who went to 
Canada and made this recording “on location.” Al- 
lowances must be made for the quality of this re- 
cording as it was obtained on portable equipment 
with considerable background noises. (30 minutes.) 
No. BK-1 — By Gray Barker: Author of “They Knew Too 
Much About Flying Saucers,” and the editor of the 
“Saucerian Review” and the “Saucerian Bulletin.” 
A thorough reseacher and he speaks on timely flying 
saucer subjects. (30 minutes.) 

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‘Tonawanda News,” July 21st, 1956. 

Major Donald E. Keyhoe (ret.), famed American 
>aucerologist, has put Air Secretary Quarles on the spot. 

The retired Marine Corps major, who has chalked up 
another best-selling saucer ship book, “The Plying Saucer 
Conspiracy,” has submitted 11 sharp- worded, hard-hitting 
questions to the Air Force through Sen. Harry F. Byrd, 
chairman of the Committee on Finance. According to 
Max B. Miller, head of California's Flying Saucers In- 
ternational, Keyhoe's 11 provocative questions remain un- 

(Editor's Note: Dr. Benjamin D, Benincasa, 27 Mont- 
calm Ave., Buffalo, has reviewed a number of books 
and articles on flying; saucers for The NEWS. Today's 
article is an exclusive story on one of today’s most con- 
troversial subjects.) 

I quote below a portion of Keyhoe’s memorable letter 
to Senator Byrd, which contains 11 disturbing questions 
and also a request that Congress cheek into the Air Force 
flying saucer records in an effort to determine why it 
has refused to reveal the full, unvarnished truth regard- 
ing the mysterious spaceships from neighbouring planet^, 
Asks for Answers 

“Because of the inherent dangers in this (flying 
saucer) censoi’ship,” Major Keyhoe writes, “I urge that 

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you (Senator Byrd) forward the following questions and 
statements to Secretary of the Air Force, Donald A. 
Quarl^ with a request for specific answers.” 

.\?«br Keyhoe’s list of questions follows: 

Why has the Air Force concealed an official in- 
telligence report, dated Sept. 23, 1947, which stated the 
flying saucers were real? 

Report was Signed 

“For your information, this report was signed by the 
chief of the Air Technical Intelligence Centre, approved 
by all members of ATIC, and submitted via director of 
Air Force Intelligence to the commanding general Army 
Air Force. 

“2. Why has the Air Force kept from the press the 
official ATIC ‘Estimate of the Situation,’ drawn up in the 
summer of 1948, which stated that the flying saucers were 
interplanetary spaceships? 

“3. With the two above-mentioned documents in its 
hands, why did the Air Force, in December, 1949, tell the 
press that the flying saucers were hoaxes, mirages, hallu- 
cinations and mistakes by pilots? Why did the Air Force 
deliberately omit the serious reports and opinions of hun- 
dreds of veteran service and airline pilots, airport con- 
trollers, radar experts and other trained observers who 
insisted the saucers were unknown machines under in- 
telligent control? 

Secrecy Questioned 

“4. Why has the Air Force hidden the 1952 Air 
Force Intelligence analysis of the flying saucers’ ‘con- 
trolled motion’ and its specific conclusion that these 
UFO’s were interplanetary spaceships? 

“5. Why has the Air Force kept secret the recom- 
mendations of a panel of top scientists and aviation 
leaders, agreed to in January, 1953. that the UFO in- 
vestigation be greatly enlarged and that the American 
people be given all information on ‘saucers’ in Air Force 
possession, including the official conclusions? 

Observers Muzzled? 

“6. Why has the Air Force hidden all UFO reports 
from the public since 1953 — even those it had previously 

“7. If the flying saucers are non-existent, as Secre- 
tary Quarles has tried to convince the public, .why are 
service pilots, radarmen and other trained observers offi- 
cially muzzled? 

“For your information, the official orders are JANAP 
146, AFR 200-2, and official instructions to personnel of 
the Civil Aeronautics Administration based on JANAP 
146. This latter order also applies to civilian airline pilots 
who report flying saucers officially, on a communication 
system known as CIRVIS — Communications Instructions 
for Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings. 

“8, If the flying saucers are imaginary, why do 
armed Air Defense Command jets continue to chase these 
UFO's by standing ADC orders? Why does the Air 
Force continue to spend the taxpayers’ money in a gobal 
investigation of flying saucers by hundreds of intelligence 
officers, the 4602d Air Intelligence Service Squadron, and 
top-ranking scientists and consultants under secret Air 
Force contract? 

Report is Cited 

“9. Why did Secretary Quarles and certain Air 
Force officers state in Special Report 14 that no pattern 
has been found, no indication of intelligent manoeuvres, 
and not enough data to build a working model — ^when 
in December, 1949, the ATIC Project ‘Grudge’ Report 
stated that the majority of reports described a disc-shaped 
object about 1-1 0th as thick as its diameter? 

“Why did this Special Report 14, dated October 25, 
1965, list several of its weakest sighting reports as the 
‘cream of the crop when actually the Intelligence files 
showed hundreds of baffling, unsolved reports by the most 
experienced pilots, guided missile trackers, and other 
trained observers? 

“10. Does the Air Force agree with General Douglas 
MacArthur’s statement, as published by the “New York 
Times,” Oct. 8, 1955, that the world nations will have to 
unite against attack by people from other planets? 

Existence Confirmed 

“11. The existence of the official document men- 
tioned in paragraphs 1, 2, 4 and 5, has been confirmed 
by Edward J. Ruppelt, formerly head of the Air Force 
UFO Investigative Agency, Project Blue Book. Does 
Secretary Quarles claim that Mr. Ruppelt is lying to the 

“During the past seven years an Air Force ‘silence 
group’ has repeatedly ‘explained away’ the most important 
UFO sightings; it has led millions of citizens to ignore 
the ‘saucer’ reports as nonsense. To achieve this, it has 
ridiculed the best qualified witnesses here and abroad.” 

Major Keyhoe winds up his letter to Senator Byrd 
in this manner: 

Investigation Urged 

“May I respectfully request, Senator Byrd, that you 
examine the evidence, or have it examined by competent 
analysts outside the Air Force? In the best interests of 
the American people, and of the world, I urge that you 
ask for a congressional investigation into the Air Force 
secrecy on this subject. Such an investigation should call 
for public testimony by men who have fought for tRe 
truth, namely: 

“General W. N. Garland, USAF; Col, Frank Dunn, 
USAF; Col. W. S. Smith, Intelligence, USAF; Major 
Dewey Pournet, USAF; Col. D. J. Blakeslee, USAF; Ed- 
ward J. Ruppelt, former head of Project Blue Book; 
William Lear, of Lear, Inc., electronics and aviation in- 
dustrial leader, who has declared the saucers to be inter- 
planetary; Prof. Hermann Oberth, space-travel expert 
and rocket designer, now on secret work at Redstone 
Arsenal, and all the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and 
airline pilots whose reports are on record.” 


Singapore "Free Press” June 11th. 

Newspapers in Buenos Aires have published pictures 
purporting to show a giant “Flying Cigar” which a Gov- 
ernment employee and police are said to have seen in 
Argentina’s Salta Province on April 13th. The object 
was estimated to be about 1,000 feet long, flying at tre- 
mendous speed giving off silver rays and leaving a silver 
streak in the sky. . . 

National police headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argen- 
tina, said an aluminium, cigar shaped craft was spotted 
flying at great speed over Northern Argentina. More 
than 50 persons in the province of Salta were said to have 
seen the craft, police said. The police statement said the 
craft was flying north to south, that it took less than 
three minutes to disappear from sight and that it left 
behind a miles-long trail of white vapor. 


On May 8, 1956, telegrams from Salta City, Argen- 
tina, were published by Rio’s newspapers reporting the 
following incident: 

In spite of the stubborn silence and secrecy of mili- 
tary and civilian authorities, it is known that National 
Intelligence officers have been investigating the incident 
since the date of the sighting. It happened on March 
15, 1956, when the badly jolted population of the Liapuna 
region watched a number of cigar shaped craft flying 
overhead at daylight. The weird craft crossed the sky 
at great speed, doing amazing manoeuvres. At one time 
they stopped motionless in space and stobd stationary for 
some time. At this moment some photos were taken by 


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people witnessing the craft. All the observers reported 
that the craft were cigar shaped, without wings or tail, 
and noiseless. This description dismissed the possibility 
that the craft might have been jet planes coming from 
Bolivia or Chile. 


July 15th, 1956. 

The APRO Bulletin is the official copyrighted publi- 
cation of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization 
(APRO) 1712 Van Court, Alamogordo, New Mexico, and 
is issued every other month except when extenuating cir- 
cumstances prevent, to members only. The Aerial Phen- 
omena Research Organization is a non-profit group dedi- 
cated to the eventual solution of the mystery of the un- 
identified flying objects which have been present in the 
skies above the earth for hundreds of years. No member 
of the staff receives remuneration for services rendered. 
Inquiries regarding membership may be made to the 
above address. 

Caracas, Venezuela, 12th March, 1956. 

Alfredo Dalke, an amateur astronomer, reported 
seeing two discoid objects which crossed and recrossed 
the skies over his home in the Los Rosales section of 
Caracas. Mr. Dalke was observing the planet Jupiter 
with a 3-inch objective and a 40-power eyepiece and had 
lifted his head to scan the skies when he saw the object 
shooting out front the east in a horizontal trajectory. He 
immediately focused the telescope on the object and saw 
that it was a disc emitting a bluish-green flight. It made 
a 90 dep-ee turn and disappeared behind some clouds. 
He continued to search for the object when to his sur- 
prise another one appeared moving in the same direction; 
this one stopped suddenly, seemed to hover for a few 
moments, and shot upwards in almost the saine way as the 
fii'st. The conditions for observation were excellent. 

Los Angeles, 30th May and June 1st, 1956. 

More jet booms caused a stir in this huge metropolis, 
and .led to much speculation privately and in the press. 
Frightened citizens, broken store windows and violent 
concussion earmarked the explosions and, as usual, the 
old jet plane explanation was dug out of the skeleton 
closet for duty as whipping boy. What is most astonishing 
is that despite repeated complaints and demands for 
-action, the Air Force will not admit that jet planes are 
causing the concussions, and don’t seem to be able to do 
anything about stopping them. 

Near Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 1st, 1956. 

An anonymous couple (by request) report seeing 
an unusual object (also unusual in saucer annals). The 
couple had just gone to bed, and the husband was lying 
awake and gazing out the window when he saw the object 
coming across the open field. They said the thing was 
three times as large as an airplane and looked like a 
“lighted hotel at a distance.” There were many lighted 
portholes (like windows on separate floors) . The colour of 
all lights was definitely amber like traffic lights. The lights 
seemed to flash or revolve or turn. They watched it come 
rather slowly until it was within about 200ft. of their 
home — directly over a house across the intersection. Then 
suddenly the object changed course and headed toward 
what would be Atlantic City or the Atlantic Coast and at 
such a speed it was out of sight in seconds. At no time was 
any sound heard. About two minutes later a jet went 
over in the direction the UFO had just vanished. The 
whole episode took place within the space of between 30 
seconds and one minute. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 5th, 1956. 

National Police Headquarters announced that an 
aluminium, cigar-shaped object was spotted flying at 
great speed over North Argentina April 13th. More than 
50 persons in the province of Salta were said to have 

seen the object, leading to speculation it wa.s an experi- 
mental intercontinental ballistics missile. 

(Cr. Frank Reid.) 


Cheboygan, Michigan, June 7th, 1956. 

State police were unable to account for a brilliant 
flash of light seen last night between the mainland and 
Bo is Blanc Island in the Straits of Mackinac. Troopers 
said a search of the shore 20 miles on either side of 
Cheboygan failed to turn up a clue. There were no re- 
ports of ships in trouble or of unaccounted-for planes. 
Reports of a fireball described as a block wide came about 
9:30 in the evening. Cheboygan Police Sgt. George 
Faugh t said he saw it half a mile off shore. He said it 
was 150 feet high. R, E. Hunt, general manager of radio 
station WCBY, said a brilliant flash was visible for 20 
seconds and then a dull glow continued for about five 
minutes. Reports of the flash also came from the Great 
Lakes freighters Mohawk and Samuel Mitchell. (P. 
Robert Frank of Detroit, who submitted this report, 
stated that later editions of the Detroit News carried 
no further information, and said he thought that looked 
a little “fishy”. We agree.) 

Schenectady, New York, 25th June, 1956. 

Numerous reports of a mysterious explosion in the 
Carmen or Coionie area about 1 resulted in Rotter- 
dam police inspection of all highways and side roads with- 
out finding an explanation. 

Orchards, Oregon, July 12th, 1956. 

UFOs that looked somewhat similar to dirigibles, 
were observed and reported to police in three separate 
telephone calls. The first report was from a woman who 
said that she saw the objects at about 3:45 p.m. while 
out driving near Ontario. The object appeared to be a 
grey dirigible with a long neon light on the bottom. When 
first seen, she said, she and her husband thought it might 
be a cloud. It was hanging over the Ontario_airport about 
1000 feet in the air. They drove on five or six miles, then 
spotted two more of them.. The object farthest from them 
suddenly disappeared straight up into the sky. The other 
disappeared about six minutes later. Shortly after this 
couple (anonymous at their request) reported to officers 
by telephone, two other women called in and reported 
seeing five or six “round, shiny objects with a shiny 
streak underneath.” Officers said Air Force officials 
fi'om Boise. Idaho, were expected in Ontario to get a 
first-hand report on the sighting-. 

(Cr. : Member Ed Bruno Waetzig, Orchards.) 

Arkansas City, Texas, July 19th, 1956. 

City Editor Brian Coyne of the Arkansas City Daily 
Traveller, accompanied by Trooper (State) Dick Hadsall 
and Arkansas City policemen, observed a teardrop-shaped, 
bluish-green object with two shafts of light spraying 
earthward, from various locations near Arkansas City. 
The men moved about to get a good look at several of the 
objects which showed up about 1 a.m. The “prongs” or 
streams of light were first observed directed toward earth, 
and then extending from the sides of the objects. 

A McDonne] Air Force Base Officer, questioned by 
reporters about the object, “could offer no help,” It was 
later learned that the State Highway Patrol, which had 
been alerted by observers, had been asked a lot of quest- 
ions about the objects including: (1) “What size is it in 
comparison to a key or dime?” (2) “Would it compare 
in size to a light bulb?” (3) “Is there any noise coming 
from the object?” 

These brightly illuminated objects were seen in the 
skies over Arkansas City, Wellington and El Dorado, 
Kansas. A ball of fire travelling east at a high rate of 
speed was picked up on radar at Hutchinson, Kansas, 
Naval Air Station. A B-29 bomber was sent by McCon- 
nell AFB at Wichita to investigate the objects over the 
Arkansas City area. 

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Coyne answered Uie AF cj nest ions about the objects 
he had observed thusly: “The objects appear to be about 
the si^ of a 200-watt light bulb. There is no noise that 
W^ttributed to the objects and skies over Arkansas 
City ..'^;.5very clear except for a few light clouds. There 
are a lot of stars.” He also added: “I have tended to 
discount stories about flying objects, but brother, I am 
now a believer,” 

(Editox’’s note; The statement about being a believer 
now is typical of those who formerly scoffed at UFO and 
then were confronted wtih the evidence presented by 
their own eyes. Our files are full of just such statements 
following the first sighting of a UFO by a sceptic.) 

A radio report on 22nd July said that an Air Force 
plane had crash-landed due to being struck in the air 
by “another aircraft.” Although the place and exact 
date were not noted at the time, a friend in Alamogordo 
informs us that he heard Paul Harvey discussing it on his 
news programme and that according to Harvey the plane 
was struck by an object which came from above and 
“sliced” through an elevator surface on one side. No 
evidence of burning or scorching, so we can assume that 
a meteor did not do the damage. We would like to ask 
members to submit any and all information on this 
particular accident for it has all the earmarks of the 
“Dum-Dum Airport” incident of a couple of years ago. 


As is the usual thing during UFO influxes, the Air 
Defense Ground Observer Corps, has put out another 
urgent plea for new members. This has happened for 
two seasons so far (1952 and 1954) and we’re beginning 
to wonder if the renewed effort on their part is not just 
another phase of preparation for UFO reports and sight- 
ings. Letters from GOC supervisors and members in the 
past have indicated that the Air Force puts a good deal 
of stress on the reporting of UFOs by observers on duty. 

The “Strolling Astronomer,” an amateur astrono- 
mer’s magazine, carried notations by Brian Warner in 
its Nov.-Dee., 1966 issue concerning “flashing lunar 
mountains” which he observed in January, 1955. 

(Cr. : Josephine Myers.) 

Frank Edwards, all-time saucer enthusiast and now 
broadcasting from Indianapolis, Indiana, has reported 
several sightings in Indiana during the first part of July. 

Although we do not at this writing have the details, 
Mr. Edwards took his TV equipment to the scene of one 
sighting and conducted an on-the-spot broadcast. It’s 
too bad Frank isn’t carried nationwide for we are sure 
that he would be invaluable at this time, in getting cur- 
rent saucer information across to the general public. 
APRO member Bob Greenway, vacationing in the middle- 
west at the present, informs us that the sightings in that 
area appear to be taking place in the hours between mid- 
night and dawn. A quick look at the sightings listed 
under this column will bear this surmise out. 


Ca*e 162, Jacksonville, Florida, May 9th, 1956. 

This weird story first reached us by letter from Rich- 
ard Scoechera of Buffalo, N.Y. We believe the incident, 
being unusual, deserves full review and thus will quote 
from Scocchera’s comments regarding the sighter; the 
sighter’s letter to her father (quoted by Socchera) and 

finally a letter received by CRIFO from the sighter whose 
name is Joan Frost, then residing in Jacksonville. A co- 
sighter was Miss Gertie Wynn of Jacksonville. Following 
is Joan’s letter to her father: 

“Something happened to my girl friend, Gertie, and 
me last night that scared me out of ten years growth. We 
went to a dance on the outskirts of Jacksonville by bus. 
We didn’t like it there so we left at 10:15. We were 
waiting for the bus to go home on this small side street. 
There was no one around and not too mafiy houses and no 
cars. We waited until 11:00 or later, and this is what 
happened. We looked up and saw two stars moving very 
high. They were flashing on and off following each other. 
They were travelling across the sky at a terrific rate of 
speed. We thought at first they were falling stars except 
they didn’t fall, but went out of sight. About 15 minutes 
later they came back and one went up into the other. 
It came over towards us and dropped lower and lower 
until it got just over us. It was round and red and had 
three lights on it. I started to run down the street 
and Gertie .just stood there with her mouth wide open. 
The thing didn’t make a sound, no engine or motor or 
anything. Just then the bus came and the object rose 
again. The door (on the bottom) opened up and the other 
object came out. The two objects started moving slowly 
away. There were only a few people on the bus and they 
and the driver got out. We all watched the objects go 
for about ten minutes. The bus driver said they couldn’t 
be jet planes because being so slow we surely would have 
heard the jet engines. We knew they weren’t jets. 
Gertie and I shook all night long. We thought we were 
gohners for sure. Whatever they were, they saw us 
standing there. After our experience, we bought two 
books on flying saucers and are going to study them.” 

Joan’s father is a personal friend and co-worker of 
Richard Scocchera. Comments Scoechera: “His daughter 
had never shown much interest in anything pertaining 
to UFOs. She was a four-year honour student in high 
school and always very serious minded. Mr. Frost has 
never known her to play pranks or perpetrate a hoax.” 

Following is Joan’s letter to CRIFO, dated June 10: 
“I received a letter from you on May 25 inquiring about 
my “saucer” experience. I am sorry I did not reply 
promptly but I was in the process of preparing to come 
home here to Buffalo. My girl friend and I did not notify 
the police or anyone of this incident and as far as I 
know. I do not believe the newspapers recorded the sight- 
ing, I have no idea of what size the object was as it was 
very dark and there were no street lights in that area. 
It was approximately a distance of three telephone poles 
above us or maybe four. There was no sound and we 
did not smell anything. However, there was a breeze 
and if an odour was present it very likely could have 
been cm-ried from us. The door on the bottom appeared 
to be like a bomb bay, shaped in a long square with only 
three cracks visible. As it came down toward us. and 
while in the sky, it appeared to have three white lights 
which were pulsating. However, as it tipped downward 
and hovered above us it seemed to be sui-rounded by an 
eerie deep red mist of light. That is why at first we 
thought it was a red hot falling star, but then realized 
that even though it was descending at a terrific speed, a 
star or meteor would drop even faster. I do not know 
any way of contacting the passengers on the bus or their 
names. The only way you might be able to locate the bus 
driver is by writing to the Jacksonville Coach Co., and 
this driver was onerating the Lake Shore or number ‘22’ 
bus at 11:00 on May 9th. You also asked me what kind 
of object came out of the parent object. This I do not 
know because when it did drop out both were very high 
and looked identical. We didn’t say anything to anyone 
because we are young and felt people would just say we 
were crazv or making up a nice big story. I did write to 
my dad. though, because he knows that I am sensible and 
wouldn’t relate anything that wasn't a reality. I didn’t 
know there was such an organization as yours in exist- 
ence but I think it is a wonderful thing.” 


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McKinney, texas 

Correspondent: Alan C. Arnold. 

Quite a few McKinneyites were interested in a round 
silvery object seen in the sky on the afternoon of April 
4, 1956, fi’om about 3:00 p.m. until sundown. The object, 
aparently stationary, was in the western sky. Capt. Roy 
Hall, local weather observer, gives this account of the 
sighting: , , 

I happen to be the U.S. Weather Observer here, and 
while downtown on the afternoon of the 4th of April 
some linemen working on telephone poles called my at- 
tention and interest to a silvery object in the north-west 
sky. The sky was then clear. I told them iti was doubt- 
less a weather balloon, and almost forgot the matter. 
However, on arriving at home, in the western part of this 
city, I noted the object again and was astonished to see 
that it was above cirrus clouds that had drifted over 
within the last hour. Knowing the clouds were at around 

11.000 feet up, I ran a triangalation on the object, taking 
one reading at home and another three miles north. I 
was amazed again to find that it worked out at around 

100.000 feet. I took another trianglation at'home again 
and found it at the same height. Some quick figuring, 
after ascertaining the diameter of the object in minutes, 
showed it to be 220 feet, or thereabouts, in diameter. 

I called an amateur astronomer here, who has a 200- 
power scope, and called the weather bureau at Fort 
Worth, Texas. The weather bureau said they had no 
baloons up, and doubted that any balloon in the United 
States was so big. The young astronomer drew a sketch 
of it for me. He said that through his telescope it 
showed no appendages of any kind, and that it looked to 
be made of a rubbery substance and, the most remark- 
able part of all, the object was not revolving in the air, 
as it seemed to have a raised edge extending around it 
up and down and this did not move or rotate, though 
the object was moving toward the south-west at around 
100 m.p.h. The weather bureau advised" me that the 
upper air current near or at the object was from west 
to east, so far as they knew, at about 150 m.p.h. 

I have answers here from the Air Force bases at 
Fort Worth and Perrin Field, in Grayson County, touch- 
ing on the object and in answer to my queries. Perrin 
Field says they have no information on the strange 
balloon, if it was a balloon, and Carswell AFB says they 
are evaluating my report. And there the matter stands. 
I have no idea what it was. Long after sunset it 
glowed in the sky, due to the sun’s rays, I suppose. It 
was gone the next a.m. It stood in the north-west sky 
from 3:00 p.m. until dark, despite its westward course. 
Hundreds of people here saw it. 


A “letter barrage” is sweeping towards the Capital 
regarding the great Saucer Mystery. Many groups send- 
ing open letters to their congressmen demanding to know 
why the public is kept in ignorance concerning phenomena 
in our skies. Major Keyhoe demanding congressional in- 
vestigation. Has an “inner group” the right to prevent 
FUL HEIGHTS. A.F. Chief of Staff Twining said at 
Amarillo, Texas, 15/5/54: “The best brains of the Air 
Force are working on this problem of Unidentified Flying 
Objects, trying to solve this riddle.” Since phenomena 
is global, public now demands that the files be opened so 
they can take part in this unprecedented SEARCH. 
Unknown intelligence* are in our atmosphere. Who is re- 
sponsible for the censorship and for deciding that the 
American public is not mature enough to be told? Moods 
are mounting, patience is thinning. The Air Force “cover- 
up” statement of last October is backfiring. “Statement 
represents secrecy and smear on its own pilots” charges 
one writer. A New Zealand editor describes it as a 

“shamefully misleading and deliberately untruthful’ 
statement. A publisher calls it “one of the most out- 
rageous pieces of misinformation ever foisted on the 
American public.” WHERE WILL THIS ENl|p 

Excerpt from the "LITTLE LISTENING Pofi/' Vol 
3, No. 3, issued bi-monthly from 4811 Illinois Ave., N.W., 
Washiiwton, D.C. Six issues $2. A recommended bnltetin that 
reports in capsule on- all provocative subjects. 

C. R. I. F. O. ORBIT 

The title ORBIT, introduced with the July, 1955, issue, 
replaces the title NEWSLETTER. The purpose of CRIFO 
is not for monetary gain: officers do not receive salaries. 

Director and Publisher — Leonard H. Stringfield 
Official Address: 7017 Britton Ave., Cincinnati 27, Ohio 
Telephone: BRamble 1-4248 


“Orbit,” August 3rd, 1956. 

Saucers, operating on a pushbutton, were released 
to ear’th in July. So it seemed to CRIFO whose mail 
and phone suddenly became alive with reports of strange 
glowing objects and grotesqueries in the sky. First break- 
ing the phone’s quiet was news commentator Frank Ed- 
wards calling from Indianapolis, July 9th. He related 
a striking incident occurring near Bloomington, Indiana, 
which involved four boys on an early morning fishing 
venture. According to Edwards, the boys were startled 
by a “tremendously bright light” which hummed over 
head then stopped over a clump of trees near a railroad 
switch. The boys ran a mile and a half and told their 
experience to the sheriff. Same date and also early in 
the morning, a Joe Morris of Terre Haute was fishing 
some miles west of Bloomington. He told Edwards that 
he saw a bright object which he judged to be about 500 ft. 
high flying from the east. He also heard the humming 

Case 163, Bromley, Ky., July 1 or 2, 1956 — ^The 
sighters, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Grimes, are not sure of the 
date, but they are certain they saw a huge glowing object 
about a quarter the size of the moon shining through their 
bedroom window about 3 a.m. Both were awakened .at 
the same instant by the intense yellow glow and Mr. 
Grimes estimated that it was about 30 degrees above the 
horizon. To him it appeared round and self-luminous. 
Reassuring himself that he was not being deceived by 
Mars or a bright star, Grimes watched again, same time, 
the following night, but saw nothing. 

Case 164, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, July 
10, 1956 — ^Two Cincinnatians witnessed a circular object 
“lit up like a lantern” pacing an air transport plane 
heading for Boone County Airport, Kentucky. They said 
the object was bigger and brighter than the landing 
lights shown by the aircraft, and when the plane landed 
the object continued its course, then swerved and blinked 
out. Both sighters had been skeptical of saucers, but 
were changing their minds. 

Case 165. Conway, Mass., July 2, 1956— Predating 
Fourth of July’s fireworks, about the same time as the 
Bromley and ' Bloomington sightings, was an incident 
which involved a reversible UFO. The sighter, Jack Pease, 
thought at first the object was a shooting star or plane 
but its behaviour proved differently. Said the Greenfield 
“Recorder-Gazette” : “It appeared to be composed of one 
bright light and although travelling at what appeared to 
be a high rate of speed, was able to reverse its course 
completely. A low-pitiched hum, rather than a whir was 
detected. The object crossed and recrossed the sky 
several times before speeding away.”* 

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Case IGO, Yonkers, N.Y., June 29, 30, July 3. 1936 — 
The '‘Herakl-Statesman” of Yonkers, July 5, said: “Sky- 
watchers report thrilling- post-midnight sight ... It 'is 
of or^^e colour, more nearly red. To one with a30- 
powet- miescope, it appears round, then oval. It was 
movinK~Jt what seemed to be considerable speed. One 
report is that the phenomenon was noted after 1 a.ra. on 
Saturday. Another report tells of the orange-in-the-sky 
around the same hoiir or a little later just ahead of th'o 
rainstorm ...” While the remainder of the newspaper’s 
Item gibbered in ridicule, ^ a letter received from Leo 
Wiegers of Yonkers, describes his observations in more 
detail. Said Wiegers: 

“ . . .1 phoned the “Herald-Statesman” and spoke 
to Oxie Reichler, editor, regarding, my sighting on June 
29-30. He asked, ‘Are you talking about the orange- 
coloured thing seen in the sky over Yonkers?’ I told him 
that I didn’t know anyone else saw ani>thing and not to 
use my name if he were to wi-ite a story. Replied Reich- 
ler, ‘We got a report that a red ball was seen before 
2 a.m. only this morning (July 3). There were others, 
too . . . ’ ” Wiegers then described his sighting of June 
29 as follows : “9 :45 p.m., clear evening, no wind. My 
wife pointed to a round, reddish-orange light to the left 
of the big dipper. It seemed to grow and was not too 
sharply defined in outline to the naked eye and emitted 
no sound. A moment before I had been observing Saturn 
with my 30x60 mm. Bausch & Lomb Balscope and turned 
when my wife said, ‘Look at that peculiar light.’ Quickly 
swinging the scope around, I first looked with naked eye 
and saw it standing still and silent. Then sighting it in 
the scope, it appeared orange, of a flashing brilliance. 
Suddenly, it began to move north and I soon found it 
extremely hard to keep in vision due to its accelerating 
speed. I tracked it for about 13 seconds before it faded 
from view in the direction of West Point. 

“On June 30, I was alone on the back porch about 
10:30 p.m. and saw another object coming from the 
south. It was going directly overhead. My scope was not 
properly focused for this object but I recall it was of a 
silvery-whitish colour and oval in shape. This, too, went 
by very rapidly and silently, I confess I was unprepared, 
and cannot say what it was — but I’m sure the previous 
night’s UFO was the same type reported by Reichler.” 

Case 167, Los Angeles, Cal., July 16, 1956 — We 
quote from the Los Angeles “Examiner” as follows: A 
mysterious light that glowed bx'illiantly in the sky before 
it disappeared in a sudden blaze touched off hundreds 
of calls to police from residents in the south-western 
area. Workers at the control tower at the International 
Airport estimated the altitude of the strange object at 
about 2000 ft. They said it emitted a strong reddish 
glow similar to the red nose light on a Constellation. As 
seen from the tower, the light moved in a south-easterly 
direction, about seven or eight degrees above the horizon. 
The tower couldn’t estimate its speed, but said it moved 
at a blimp-like pace. A check, however, showed there 
was no blimp or plane in the area at the time. The light 
was visible for about four minutes from 11:02 p.m., on. 
Then it suddenly blazoned forth in an orange glow and 
vanished from sight.j 

*Rev. Albert Bailer, Greenfield, Mass. 
tR. J. Tompkins, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Case 168, Kansas, July 19th, 1956 — Said the Denver 
Post” in part: “ . . . the Kansas highway patrol reported 
radar at the Hutchinson, Kansas, naval air station had 
picked up ‘a ball of fire travelling east at a high speed.’ 
A B47 was sent into the air by Forbes AFB at Topeka 
to investigate the reports, centreing around Arkansas 
City, Wellington and El Dorado, Kansas. The pilot said 
he found only ‘waste gas torches in an oil field.’ Said the 
patrol, ‘The object staj^ed in the sky long after daylight; 
one disappeared around 5:15 a.m. and the other a few 
minutes later.’ Further east, near Emporia, a Santa Fe 

railroad tower operator reported seeing what appeared 
to be an artificial light in the sky around 3 a.m. An 
Emporia policeman said he observed the same light for 
about 20 minutes. It appeared to ‘come and go’ like it 
was turning off and on. Brian Coyne, city editor of the 
Arkansas City ‘Daily Traveler,’ said ‘a brilliantly lighted 
tear-shaped object with prongs or streams of light spray- 
ing downward was sighted shortly after mid-night. A 
second ‘flying object’ was sighted around 1 a.m.,’ said 
Coyne. Accompanied by trooper Dick Hadsall and police 
from Arkansas City, Coyne observed the ‘flving objects’ 
from various locations. He said they ‘did not appear to 
move rapidly but did move vertically and horizontally 
over a wide area of the sky. The prongs or streams of 
bri.ght light,’ Coyne said, ‘also were observed first as 
directed towards earth and then extending from the sides 
of the object.’ He described the head of the object as 
being green in colour or bluish green.’ ”* 

Case 169, Cincinnati, 1 a.m. June 17th, 1956 — ^Thc 
following case was related to CRIFO by Lloyd Kuwatch, 
member of the Cincinnati Astronomical Society, who 
vouches for the veracity of the sighters, Mr, and Mrs. Ed 
Tasset. According to Kuwatch, the Tassets awakened, 
watched the strange object through an open window. At 
first it was a stationary, silent brilliant spot in the north- 
west sky, about 15 degrees above the horizon. Then it 
seemed to move closer, and without declination or swerve, 
it grew in size. In fullest view, it appeared almost twice 
the size of the moon, was fiery red and shaped “like a 
bowl facing downward.” Dangling from the bottom were 
bright red streamers. In view for about 10 minutes, the 
object disappeared. On request of Kuwatch, the Tassets 
watched the same area the next night, but saw nothing. 

Ed.: Noted is the dangling red streamers which bears 
similarity to ‘’streams of light spraying downward” described 
by Brian Coyne in Case 167. Another point, no other person 
reported the nondescript object witnessed by the Tassets despite 
its tremendous size. Such would indicate that the object was 
nearby and not a test flare dropped over the Madison Proving 
Grounds (Indiana) which lies over 50 miles to the south-west. 
Distance also rules out Wright-Patterson Field. Surely if such 
a huge flare had been dropped at those distances, the proverbial 
switchboards would have been busy and CRIFO would have 

^Robert Wick, Chicago, 111.; George Wilson, Santa Barbara, 
Cal.; Thomas Olsen, Baltimore, Md. ; C. H. March, Jr., Denver, 
Colo.; Richard Hall,, N. 0. La.; L. A. Parker, Topeka, Kan’. 
Also see photo July 30th issue, Life. 


Case 170, In air over Pixley, Cal., July 22nd, 1956 — 
The above headline quoted from the “Rocky Mountain 
News,” Denver, Colo., typifies others appearing in the 
nation s press. However, for the story we quote from the 
San Francisco “Chronicle” as follows: “A Hamilton AFB 
transport plane survived a 9000 ft. vertical dive and 
landed safely with three-fourths of its tail elevator miss- 
ing. The pilot, co-pilot and crew of two all blacked out 
follovring a mysterious mid-air incident that no one was 
able to explain. Major Medwin Stenvers, the pilot, said 
the C-131D, was cruising at 16,000 ft. over Pixley. ‘Sud- 
denly, there was a loud bang, a severe vibration and we 
went into a dive,’ he said. Major Stenvers had the plane 
under manual control at the time. While he and his co- 
pilot battled to bring it out of the spin, the two crewmen 
were scrambling to regain their feet in the cabin. Finally, 
Stenvers saw the nose begin to come up, averting certain 
death. But then all four crew members blacked out 
When he and his co-pilot, Capt. Robert Marble, came to^ 
the plane was going almost straight up, he said. He 
guessed the ci'aft had dropped to 7000 ft. before chang- 
ing direction. Major Stenvers was unable to explain what 
happened. He said he saw no other planes about him. 

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He thought a faulty port engine had caused trouble and 
feathered the propeller before landing at Kern County 
airport at 11:30 a.m. Only when he inspected the plane 
on the ground did he notice the badly damaged tail 
section. About 36 square feet of the left elevator was 
missing. The remaining portion was hanging shredded 
and torn. There also was a dent about ten inches in 
diameter under the left stabilizer. The two crewmen 
suffered minor cuts when they were thrown about the 
cabin. Major Stenvers and Capt. Marble were questioned 
by officials from Edwards APB. All men were or are part 
of the 2317th Air Transport Squadron at Hamilton APB.” 
“According to one UP report: One official said it 
looked like ‘something had struck it from above but we 
don’t know.’ Another UP report said: The Air Force 
ordered tight security measures into effect and stationed 
guards around the plane at the airport. An AP report 
said that the sheriff’s office investigated a report that 
another plane had crashed nearby but found no evi- 

tjohii Blemer, Danville, Cal.: C. H. March, jr., Denver, Colo.: 
George Cicharz, St. Louis Park, Minn.: N. Cuandra, Oakland, 
Cal.; Arthur Rounds, Brentwood, Mo.; James Geer. Tiburon, 
Cal. ; Geo. Ormorod, Phoenix, Ariz. ; li. G. Rovner, Phila.. Pa. 


In 1954, whilst a member of the Falkland Islands 
Dependencies Survey, writes Roger Bankes, I was sta- 
tioned at Base “F,” at that time the most southerly base, 
situated in the Argentine Islands off the west coast of 
Graham Land, latitude 68. Soon after mid-winter we 
witnessed upon two mornings what we believed to be 
hitherto unrecorded optical phenomena. 


To the Editor, 

C.R.I.F.O. “Orbit” 

Dear Mr. Stringfield, 

“In your letter of March 31st you ask 'Is it true 
that you have adamantly refused to accept the much- 
kicked-around interplanetary theory, that is, in relation 
to the flying saucer.’ 

“ 'Adamantly’ is not the proper word. I have always 
tried to approach the problem objectively, which is more 
than most writers do when they insist that saucers are 
interplanetary. Briefly, my position is this. I have studied 
the reported Air Force sightings. I have collected a num- 
ber of sightings myself. I have talked with people who 
have seen flying saucers. I have seen many of them 
myself, including some that I was expecting to see and 
several outstanding ones that took me completely by 
surprise. Of the latter, I have at least four major sight- 
ings that would have been termed flying saucers by almost 
any one but an experimental scientist. In all of these 
cases I was able to get not merely a satisfactory answer 
but undoubtedly the correct answer. My answer to your 
first basic question, therefore, is that the objects do not 
remain unexplained in my own analysis. There are, of 
course, some alleged sightings that cannot be accounted 
for in detail. Within the evidence presented, I believe 
that I can find a reasonable explanation. Whether it 
is the correct one I have no way of knowing. Actually, 
there are often several acceptable ones and it is difficult 
to choose between them. 

“As for your question about which is more probable, 
an unknown meteorological phenomenon or an inter- 
planetary vehicle, I say that the first is decidedly the 

At about OS. 30 hours (local time) low mist over 
the ice-field dispersed to reveal a slightly clouded sky 
with good visibility. In the clear air of the Antarctic 
it is oiten possible to identify mountains sufficiency high 
to rise above the curvature of the earth 100 dis- 
tant and, as at that time of the year it remains dark 

until 10.00 hours, we were able to observe the sky clearly. 
There was a pearly iridescence suffused over the whole 
sky, much in the manner of oil spread upon the surface 
of a wet road. 

Against this, to the north-east, were ranged a series 
of pools of light, for the most part, except where they 
commingled, well-defined ovals of pink and green hue 
about a dozen in number. These extended over a 60’ arc 
of the horizon and measured individually from 2’ to 6®. 
Two days later much the same thing occurred with the 
addition of two clear viridine ellipses towards the noi'th. 
They did not change their position appreciably and re- 
mained visible for about an hour until gradually obscured 
by dawning day. 

As we kept a 24-hour watch on the sky, recording 
all changes in the weather, we were almost daily familiar 
with the curious foimis of Alto Cumulus type 7 and lenti- 
cular cloud peculiar to the Antarctic, and in the opinion 
of the more experienced meteorologists present the lumin- 
ous orbs could not have been the Mother of Pearl clouds 
that are rarely to be seen before dawn or after sunset. 
As they were witnessed by other bases 300 miles distant 
simultaneously they were thought to be beyond the tropo- 
pause and unconnected with water vapour; there was no 
disturbance recorded in the ionosphere, nor anything un- 
usual in the routine Radiosonde ascents. 

At no time did these spheres appear other than clear 
coloured lights, but in some cases their saucer shape was 
so defined that, had they not been witnessed by trained 
observers under ideal conditions, the phenomena could 
have given rise to a variety of fanciful speculations. 

more probable by a large factor. We know that there are 
unknown meteorological phenomena. We are coming 
across new ones from time to time whereas we have 
never seen an interplanetary vehicle. This statement 
does not mean, of course, that interplanetary vehicles 
could not exist. But such a vehicle must be subject to 
the same physical laws as any vehicle that we would put 
into space. In the reported behaviour of flying saucers, 
their elusiveness, their ability to dodge, their tremendous 
speeds and accelerations, are the characteristics of the 
optical phenomena that I have investigated. I fully agree 
that the postulate of super intelligent beings equipped 
with interplanetary vehicles that defy all of our natural 
laws would adequately explain the observed phenomena. 
So would the postulate of ghosts, except that ghosts are 
out of date and interplanetary travel is on everyone’s 
mind. But merely because a postulate is adequate does 
not make it correct. The writers about flying saucers, 
especially those who try to make a villain out of the Air 
Force and see Martians behind every cloud, do not sub- 
ject the data to rigorous scientific reasoning. I could go 
into this point ad infinitum. The trouble with most of 
the people who have subscribed to the interplanetary 
explanation is that they know nothing about the multiple 
peculiarities of atmospheric optics — and next to nothing 
about the peculiar behaviour of radar and call those wit- 
nesses ‘expert’ who make certain statements about the in- 
fallibility of radar. I have talked with Dr. Clyde Tom- 
baugh about his sevei*al sightings, only one of which — ^to 
my knowledge — had any aspect of the spectacular. Here 
I have two or three possible explanations, any one of 
which is more reasonable than the spaceship. Some of my 

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sightinji's were considerubly more ^^peclacular. I have dis- 
closed them lo Lhc Air Force and plan to publish them 
in deA^^whenever I get aro\md to revising my book on 
flying l^-Jicers, I will state, however, that in March of 
1955 a- 'flying saucer flashing red and green lights twice 
buzzed an Air Force B29 in which I was flying between 
Point Barrow and Fairbanks, Alaska. Its estimated speed 
was something of the order of 100 miles per second — 
and yet it was not an interplanetary object. I also saw 
the green flying saucer from New Mexico, in early 
September, 1954. One of the green fireballs. 

“One of the greatest difficulties in dealing with fly- 
ing saucers falls in what you call ‘fringe’ groups. Flying 
saucex’s have had their share of hoaxes. To these we 
must add the publicity seekers and those who are mere 
opportunists. Worst of all, pex’haps, are those who write 
the weii'dest sort of pseudo-science about interplan etai'y 
invasion, saucer bases on the moon, and panic in the 

—DR. DONALD H. MENZEL, Director, 
Harvard College Observatory. 


Dear Mr. Stringfield, 

I have read Dr. Donald H. Menzel’s U.F.O. letter, 
which appeared in the June 1st issue of ORBIT. I must 
say that I have found it a puzzling piece of defensive 

In order for the saucercx-aft enthusiast to gain a 
reasonably good insight into the curx’ent variety of Men- 
zelianism, he must examine the Harvard astronomer’s 
ORBIT communication both contextually and in-between- 
the-lines. Inferentially, the examiner may learn that 
Scientist Menzel has probed into the U.F.O. problem a 
good deal more deeply than he will presently concede. 
The letter examiner may also discover that Dr. Menzel 
is neither telling all he knows about saucer-ships, n ox- 
stating his precise position on the question of U.F.O.s. 

al qces on 


“Oxford Mail,” 12th July, 1956. 

Prom two different soux-ces this week have come re- 
ports of unidentified flying objects, the name by which 
“flying saucers” are now known to those who take a 
scientific interest in the things. 

In the Kidlington district yesterday a housewife 
noticed in a clear blue sky a silver object, spherical, 
with a flange round its middle. It was stationary, anti 
was about the size of a football. 

She watched the object for more than a minute. 

In the Stonesfield area on Tuesday, a man who was 
gardening saw a large object about the size of an Ameri- 
can B.52, the large aix’craft familiar in the Oxford area, 
but consisting of two spheres, “travelling very fast and 
vex-y high.” The spheres appeared to be .joined by a bar- 
like structure. 

He had the object in sight for about thi'ee seconds 
before it vanished. 

It was a clear day. There were aircraft in the 


“Surrey Mirror,” Redhill, 13th July, 1956- 

Three local people claim to have seen an object re- 
sembling the popular conception of a flying saucer in the 

Asa 0110 - third physical -sciences instructor and oxecu- 
tive-s tali' aix-craftex', I should like to venture the opinion 
that the famed Harvard telescopist is slowly but surely 
approaching the saucer problem from a nxore sensible and 
realistic angle. It is my guess that he refuses officially 
to commit himself on the true nature of saucers, for two 
understandable reasoixs: first, he has published a best- 
seller called FLYING SAUCERS, in which he debunks 
the idea of interorbic flying xnachines; therefore, cogniz- 
ant of the fact that he must be consistent, the Harvard 
scientist has had to think up and dig up every conceivable 
argument be it right or wrong — ^which would help bolster 
up his thesis of optical illusions and unexplainable natural 
occux-rences. Secondly, Scientist Menzel, who is still 
formally wedded to the ultra-conservative school of life- 
less extra-terrestrialism, does not wish to run the x*isk 
of offending his conventionalist associates by doing an 
about-face, saucer ologically speaking. 

Yet, dare one assert that certain passages in the 
ORBIT communication point to a Menzelian subscription 
to the Doctrine of Janusianism (which is derived from 
the word “Janus” — a dual-visaged mythological divinity) ? 

It appears that from one side of his mouth, Dr. 
Menzel sputters meteorological terms when referring to 
Ufological phenomena; and again, from the other side 
of his mouth, he conciliatively declares that “the postulate 
of super-intelligent beings equipped with interplanetary 
vehicles that defy all of our natural laws” would ade- 
quately explain the amazing flight behaviour of cex-tain 

Have the saucer-vehicle wox-ks of Major Keyhoe and 
Capt. Ruppelt cast Astronomer Menzel atop the proverb- 
ial fence? Into whose camp will he eventually jump? 
Only time will tell whether he will have decided openly 
to confess that flying saueex-s are real, solid, navigable, 
and humanity-controlled unconventional aircraft from one 
or more distant worlds. 

Sincerely yours, 



sky over Redhill on Sunday afternoon. In an interview 
with our representative on Wednesday, Mr. Leonard 
Wornham, who lives at Janita, Woodhatch-road, Redhill, 
said that at about 3.30 p.xn. he was in the garden of 
his home when his nephew, Mr. Eric Bennett, spotted an 
object in the sky approximately due east. After search- 
ing for about a minute he saw what apjoeared to be a 
large star in the direction of Nutfield. His nephew went 
indoors and fetched a pair of binoculars and when Mr. 
Wornham had them focussed he saw a pure white disc- 
shaped object with a smaller dome on top. At first it was 
stationary and then appeared to come nearer and then 
suddenly it became half white and half brilliant red and 
in a fish it went straight up and disappeared. Another 
witness was his sister, Mrs. D. Bennett, and altogether 
the unknown object was under observation for over ten 


“Yorkshire Evening News,” Leeds, 25th July, 1956. 

A flying saucer is reported to have been seen in 
Whax-fedale. It was seen by both Mr. John Kelley, of 
Fail-view, Pool-in- Wharfedale, and his mother, Mrs. E. 
Kelley, while they were motoring in Upper Wharfedale. 

Ml-. Kelley said today that he and his mother were 
on the road between Barden and Bumsall and stopped 
their ear by the roadside. 

We were sitting looking towards Simon’s Seat when 
an object appeared over the hill, be said. 


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At first it looked rather like a kite or a bia' balloon. 

As we watched it, it came nearer. It was grey and round 
rather like looking at a grey moon. 

It was possibly about a couple ot nines away and 
was about twice the size that an aeroplane would have 
been at the same distance and height. 

Then it turned on its side and it was just like two 
saucers, one on top of the other, hovered about a bit 
before it went back over Simon s Seat, said Mr. _ Kelley. 

I have never seen anything like it. Notmng was 
further from my mind than flying saucers but I cannot 
think what else it could possibly be. , 

The object, whatever it was, was obviously under 
some sort of control. It came f orward, stoppe^ » 

a bit and then went up again, before flying off. It was 
certainly not just floating about. 


“Birmingham Mail,” Birmingham, 8th Augus^ 

The flying saucer season has opened in Ban (Italy; • 

A former Italian Air Force officer said he saw a round 
object, glowing with a reddish light,” cross the sky of 
Bari. Five relatives of the pilot also saw the obaect. 


“Evening Chronicle,” Manche*ter, 14th August, 1956. 




• AN ILLUSION? , „ , „ 1. 

Was the red, glowing object which Paul Porcher saw 
law in the sky over Eccles last night a flying saucer— or 
an optical illusion? 

Mr. Porcher, of Franklyn Avenue, Fl^ton, Man- 
chester, is a photographer with Manchester- Oil Refinery 
Ltd., Old Trafford. i 

He said : “It was 5 p.m, I came out of the darkroom 
at work and glanced up. I saw the object framed between 
the slope of two roofs at Barton Power Station. 

No Noise 

“It was about 60 yards across and 250 to 300 feet 
up. It seemed to have bevelled edges and was shaped 
like a cup upside down on a saucer. 

“It remained stationary for about 15 seconds and 
then moved very fast towards Eccles. There was no 
noise and it was red in colour. , 

“I am not claiming to have seen a flying saucer. It 
mav have been a reflection or an optical illusion. 

Winton meteorologist Mr. G. S. Wood commented : 
“The formation of the clouds at that time mean that what 
Mr Porcher saw could NOT have been a reflection of the 
suii on the cloud. The fact that it remained stationary 
for some time rules out the possibility of it being a 
meteor. It could NOT have been a comet, either, since it 
appeared so near. 

“But this does not in itself mean that it was an 
optical illusion. I never rule out the possibility of flying 
saucers in these cases.” 


“Leicester Evening Mail,” Leicester, 16th August, 1956. 

It is, I believe, two years since there were reports 
of “strange objects” over Leicestershire. 

Now comes a report of unusual orange lights, far 
bigger than any aircraft lights, over Oadby on Tuesday 

David Hester, of 414 Gipsy-lane, Leicester, and 
Miss Brenda Wagstaff, of 3 Farley-road, Stoneygate, 
called to tell me of what they saw. 

Four Lights 

They were waiting at a bus stop in Lend on-road near 
Miss Wagstaff’s home when an orange glow in the clear 
night attracted their attention, 

They were amazed to see three other similai lights 
— one much bigger than the others — come from 

directions and meet over Oadby, 

As they came together, a green flare emeiged and 

peteied^oi^L^^ orange lights of circular shape th^moved 

off in the direction of London. 


“We had them under observation for about ten 
minutes,” they said. “There was no sound.” 

They insist that the strange lights were not fiom 
aircraft.' They had seen an aeroplane pass over a few 
minutes before, “and these were entirely different 
almost uncanny.” , . -j i. 

And that is where we have to leave the incident — 
another inconclusive chapter in the great flying saucers 


“The New Zealand Herald,” Sept. 10th, 1956. 

Belfast, — ^A man reported to the police at The Loup, 
Londonberry, on Friday night that he had captured a 
flying saucer — but it escaped while he was taking it to 
the police station. . , ^ ^ 

The police are investigating the story, told by Mi^ 
Thomas Hutchinson, who claimed that the saucer landed 

on a farm nearby. • j 4 . i 4 -i, 

He said the object was egg-shaped, pointed at both 
ends— about three feet high and about 18 inches in 
diameter at the widest point. It was coloured bright red. 
with two dark red marks at the end and three dark red 
stripes. It had a saucer-shaped base. . . 

Mr. Hutchinson said he was with his wife, in then- 
home, when the object dropped from the clouds on to 
the only dry piece of ground in the middle of a swamp 
about 200 yards away. They investigated and found the 
object motionless. , . „ . j. 

Mr. Hutchinson said he watched it for a few minutes 
and then kicked it over, but it returned to its original 
position. Then, when he was examining it closely, it 
started to spin. He had difficulty in holding it down 

He started to carry it to the police station but when 
he put it down to make a way through the hedge, it 
started to spin again. , 

Before he could throw himself over it, it rose cjuickly 
and disappeared from sight in a few seconds. 

A spokesman for the Royal Air Foi'ce station at 
Aldergrove, Antrim, said the object did not belong to 
them and he could not even hazard a guess as to what 
it might have been. . 

Mr. Hutchinson said there were no aircratt m the 
vicinity at the time, 

JFIiUst (iTC'fliViiifl further coiifirmatiou of this rereiil expert- 
eucc clamed bv the Irishman, such small VPO s arc mthiuci 
lira' to iuvestigators. This deincc could possibly be fpro7‘idnicf 
the story is true) a remotely controlled “Flyinq Eye, a form 
of telemeferhifj photographic and sound-rccorduig unit. 

Translations from Foreign Language ‘U.F.O.’ 
Magazines by Henk Hinfelaar, 

Committee Member, C.S.I. 

From “Vliegende Schotel Revue,” April 1st, 1956, (Dutch 
Investigation Group.) 

NEUES EUROPA, 15/10/55. 

At the Seventh Labour Congress of European Gos- 
mobiologists, which recently took place in AALEN (Ger- 
many) interesting discussions on the subject o± tlymg 
saucers occurred. \ 

Professor Alfred Nahon from Lausanne, who rn^e 
a name for himself as the president of “LE COURRIbR 
INTERPLANETAIRE,” also was present. 

He declared. “I am fully convinced of the fact that 
the Governments of the important powers do know the 
truth about spaceships. 

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Sir, — 

Mr I. L, Thomsen of the Carter Ob* 
seryatopy, a copy of 75 questions and 
answers by George Adamski. These 
were made ,up in answer to our many 
questions sent to Adamski. These 
are available to anyone interested 
in facts,, and. are not coiifidentitil.^ Also 
at no time has it been mentioned 
that the Space People talked to 
Adamski. in , Polish and Latin.' But 
they did Speak to him ih English, 
so here Mr Thomsen is distorting 
the truth. We would like to know 
how Mr Thomsen can explain away 
these facts? l...The photographs in 
Adamski’s books have been checked 
by experts arid have been found to 
be genuine. 2. The United States 
Govefrimept has recently released a 
film called " U.F.O.” (Which is now 
showing in New Zealand) stating at 
long last, that flyihg saucers do exist 
'and that they do. come from other 
i planets-. I 3. There are 27*000 photo- 
graphs* arid movies^, of flying saucers 
'm the Pentagon . files in - Washington. 

1 4. Thousands -of people , .throughout 
the world have witriessed outer-space 
ships, and hundreds of s,ahe New 
Zealanders • have also sighted flying , 
saucers which .tally With 'photographs 
taken throughout the world. 5i 
George Adamski gave Deshiond Les- 
lie a pie^e of i metal he picked up 
i after repairs had . been done tq a 
j scout ship.- Mr Leslie gave it to, the 
I British Secretary of Air in England, 

I and he had it analysed by top 
’ British scientists, who found out it 
I contained aluminum and some metals 
i not yet discovered on this earth. In 
! closing I will quote Desrnond Leslie : 
"A closed scientific niind is-,not 
. scientific. • A scientist must accept 
all ' the- facts; he cannot- pick •; and 
choose, which facts he vs'ill accept. 
If scientists eventually prove' 'the ex- 
• istence of God, then- Gad will exist 
' by their kind permission.” 

, F. W, I). Dickeson, ^ 

! Adamski Flying Saucer Group, 

'* / ■ Timaru. 

oMhe Carter Ob- 
servatory, a coEjy of 75 
answers' by Geq^ej,>Ad&ins^i.)/,^^^ 

Were made 
questions - sent to 

^fe-avallablq- ' 

in :f acts,, and 4re,rt<[9Mdera^ ’ 

at no' time . has,. 
that; tb6= 'Spa'c.fe. 4 |?^.i?e]e. ,taM 

sb here' Mr Thomsen is;, distorting |, 
the truth;. ; We would- likef. to ^ow .. 
hoSV-'Mr- TJi.bmSieii: 

these facts? V .The^pMotograp^^ i 

Adamski 'S books-: .haye. b^.fen cHbqked i 
by- experts and ‘.h^o 1 

be genuine; = 2. ^h'^. United ..States t 

Governrheht • has recently , released a . 
mmv called now .. 

showing • in New'. Zealand), stai^ng at ■ 
long last, that' fiyingAsaucbrs do e^ist 
and. 'that they • do '.come -Otnor 

planets.'., 3, ..There . are ^T.QOO photo- 
graphs, .arid” movies* ,6f ' flyihg saucers 
in- the-.Pentagdri files in v Washington. . 
4 .-- Thousands pf-.. people throughout 
the' world have witnessed outer-Sp.aee 
ships, and Hundreds of sai^e .New •■ 
Zealanders have, also sighted .flyjng 
saucers whibh tally with photographs 
taken ' throughout ..the world: -5. 

George Adamski gave Desmond; Les- 
lie 'ri' piece ' ot metal he pityted up 
after repairs had been done, to a . 
scout ship.- Mr Leslie gaye. it to the 
British Secretary. Pf Air in England, 
and he had it analysed by top 
British -scientists, who . found out it 
contained aluminum and some Iridtals 
not yet discovered on this . earth; m 
closing I wm quote Desmond Leslie: 

“ A closed scientific mmd is not 
scientific. A scientis,t must - accept 
all ’ the facts ; • he :cannot pick ■ a.nd 
choose which facts he wdl accept. 

If scientists eyentudlly prove the ex- 
istence of God, then God will exist 
by their kind permission." ■ 

F. w. D. Dickeson, 

Adamski Flying Saucer Group, 

/ Object 

In Night Sfey ' 

A ^bright object. >vbicii 
hovered in the sky at various 
points abdVe .Broad Bay last ] 
night.'.>vas reported to-day by a ^ 
North-east . Harbour r couple. 
They asked the ' Star if sny 
one else had seen the object. 

Bike a bright star, the object 
threw out a fan-shaped jet 
when it moved from place to 
place, according to the n^n. 
While he and his wife watched 
it for 20 mimites about mid-^ 
nigbt it moved several times, 
hovering each time. 

“I have neyer: ^been very 
Interested in flying saucers, 
and have never attached much 
importance to reported sight- 
ings, but I would like to know 
what we saw last night.” 

« I was impressed by the 
grace and beauty of the object, 
and by the sense of power its 
movements conveyed. It was 
so bright that it was impos- 
sible to get an idea of its shape^ 
When It was about to move It 
seemed to quiver, and the jet 
grew bigger as though it were 
revving up.” 

The man said that at first he 
thought the object may have 
been a bright star distorted by 
an intervening tree, but he 
went outside and found that 
this was not the case. He and 
his wife watched the object for 
about 20 minutes. 

^ntral .Hawke’ s Bay 


^Ky €n»$ect Arouses 

V — 


kSdly cmc\vmfan Wk'onl 
. Hatuma ftSert 'f ar'vMa? 

1 dtgitTolg? 

lights in the night, which are 

IhSlr ‘»“?w °hf 

' te^reSl teau?’”" 

1 3maTer'oWa\‘,‘'’„'2rT “tT" i 

W 4 ^^M 



I ^-«"X-i..K«J.,.>..„W„.,... . ..-I 

nf‘?.r- “>®'“><!r 'tiMer; 

I saucers.” • 

vii?f ®i‘^Piei’ience of Mr W T? 

iKjbb ewhite follows a TurnSV S 

Hawket“ 2 K ?„ 

^ in recent weeks 
and some which have not 

MrSihJ°^’?f^. ridicule. But 
tahi. account con' 

v^Wch he hJ features' 

■When he awoke with eramn 

Tuesday >iormLf°Mr ^K?bW 

when a window 

hbo£ in «?M; 

I ror Thic K '■ in a mir- 


I beam, about 12 ’to 18^ inrh ^'" ' 
across, came on. Mr 

1*4 =.•=;£ 

sss“ 3 iriMs 

wa?^S'!? ^“Shtness there 
Zv l^r an ordin! 

ary seai'chlight, but when +>;« 
puzzled, farmer moved o 5 t ' o? I 

] pentral Hawkers Bay Newsletter -y' 

'' SUv Wjeeit^r^^^ 

i interest 

It takes courage these days to 
admit that you have seen any 
; mysterious object in the night 
sky. The sceptics are bound to 
scoff, and many people will be^ 
t ready with simple explanations 
, such as “meteors”, or “a very 
bright star,” while the less 
kindly critic will fall back on 
the time-honoured injunction to 
“take more water with it”. 

Yet the report last week of a 
_ Hatuma farmer’s 2 a.m. v5sita- 
tion has touched off a discussiefi- 
i which leaves no doubt as to the 
public interest in these strange 
lights in the night, which are 

«y . 


i usually lumped, together under 
the, title of “flying saucers.” 

The experience of Mr 'w, R. 

1 Kibble white follows a number of 
: other strange sights reported in 
i' Hawke’s Bay in» recent -weeks, 
j and .some which have hot been 
’ reported for fear of ridicule.. But 
Mr Kibblewhite’s account con- 
tains one or two novel features 
I which he has since elaborgted to 
interested fbiends. i 

When he awoke withr-Ciiamp 
in his knee at about ' 2;^^ftt^as^ 
Tuesday morning^ Mr ^Kjbble- 
i white. got but to, whlk^fon:■^’t;he 
j affected leg to exercis'eT-iti > Ije 
was walking back do . bed’ i with 
his back to the open ; window 
when a bright beam of . . light 
shone in and reflected ,in^.a mir- 
ror. This beam was a -tiny one 
only three inches across and 
could be seen though. Thinking 
’ it was someone- flashing a torch, 

;; he turned abruptly, and there 
M was a blue -flksh. and a larger 
\t beam, ahouh 12' to 18 inches 
!' across, came on. ^r Kibble- 
white was standing in.'.ihe beam 
for three or four seconds, and 
confessed to a yery strong sen- 
sation as if he was being stared 
at. The beam did not Sght up 
the rest of the room' and, with no 
diffusion of light, seemed like a' 
tube or pipe. 

Despite its brightness there 
was no dazzle as with an ordin- 
r ary searchlight, but when the 
j. puzzled farmer moved out of 

the beam it switched ofl 
abruptly. From the window he 
was able to see an object in the 
sky, and on further recollection 
he recalls that there was another 
smaller object near it. These 
seemed -to be hovering about 
■ three .miles away — but it could 
have been a 'much greater dis- 
tance-^wb.en it disappeared. 

Mr Kdb.blewhite’s experience 
is a popular item of discussion, 
still, arid there is talk of a move 
to form a society to collect re- 
ports of all “saucer” incidents in 
the district. 

Extract from " Newspaper* 

Published at , on [date] 

SUBf^CT : : 

Wi^an Sees 
Objects Over 

: “Unidentified flying objects” 
31% again . hovering above 
Hawke’s Bay at night. 

On January -i„. and. last night. 
Mr and 'Mrs' ; 3D. McEwen, of 
Rissington,' have -seen mysterious 
lights in: tl^e sky above 'Rissing- 
toh,-but Mrs- McEwen, who first 
saw the lights, do'es^not believe 
in “flying saucers” from another 
wbrtd.. She is sure -that there is 
some ' reasonable explanation- for 
th% hoyering light 
- .However, Mrs McEwen admits' 
she is “quite taken”, with the 
lights'.' .’Although at presejat- she 
has :'nO ; theories - to advanee^ she ^ 
jgVihteriLt on-finding 
unidehtified flying''ecfs.' are. 
As the first step in3 her investi- 
gations, she.. 'has... begun to, take 
notes of the visits- they make to 
the Rissingtoh area. 

On -January 1, early in the 
morning, Mrs McEwen was shut- 
ting a bedroom window when 
she saw' the first flying object. 
It wSs a long, bright object with 
rays extending from if.' It -was 
of an./ehQrmous size, and shaped 
like a ; wrapped newspaper. Mrs 
McEwen says. - ' 

Looking in a norlh-easterly 
direction, she watched _it for- 
about half an hour until her 
eyes began to smart. The object 
was low on the skyline and' did 
not move. The ' next day Mrs 
McEwen was suffering .with 
burning eyes, caused by Jooking 
at the' “tremendously bright 
light.” • 


Last, night Mrs McEwen saw 
two more objects. But they 
were different entirely from the 
one she saw early last week. 
Although they were in appkoxi- i 
mately the same position, they 
were twinkling golden colour. 
They were surrounded by rays 
in all the colours of the • spec- 

J What is more, they v/ere mov - 
j ing very slowly. Their colours 
I ranged from a very bright to a 
[ dull golden yellbw colour. 

! When she read of earlier 
1 Hawke’s Bay visits by these un* 

■ identified flying . objects Mrs 
McEwen formed the opinion: “It’.s 
all bosh.” And now she says: “I 
can’t expect anyone to believe 


i^Myjng Newspaper” Seen 

> Ag ain 

The “flyilig newspaper” ap- 
peared over Hawke’s Bay again 
iast ■ night. . 

Mr and; Mrs D. McEwen saw 
the mysterious light hovering 
ahove Bissihgton shortly before 
midnight. They first saw the 
:^aringly bright ^sky visitor, 
•With its dazzling rays, over Ris- 
sih^pn in the early hours of 
-Year’s Day, last Tuesday. 
Itf '^a^tiieh they ;'ealised it was 
si^l^; <in' shape and size to a 

the second night in suc- 
McEwen,"iwho is, a 

t pltetd at Rissington, and his 
e‘; la’st night saw a smaller 
ro^hd-' light. It was a bright 
goiid-, colour with coloured rays 
intending from it. 


•When Mrs McEwen first saw 
the jnysterious fiying objects she 
was. curious. After seeing them 
on- 'Mdnd ay night, 'she became 
intent' on finding out exactly 
what they were. She began her 

private investigations by making 
detailed notes of visits to the 
Rissington area of unidentified 
flying objects. 

At first she was sceptical. She 
still is to some extent. But Mrs 
McEwen is convinced that the 
objects are controlled. 

She and her husband saw the 
objects between 11.30 and mid- 
night last night. The brilliant 
"flying newspaper” moved away 
“at a very fast speed” into the 
distance in a north-easterly 
direction. It took about 15 
minutes to go out of. sight. 


The smaller object was mov- 
ing very slowly,- “It came from 
the north, then moved off in the 
same direction as the ‘flying 
newspaper’ a few moments after 
the other light had disap- 
peared,” said Mrs McEwen. 

Mrs McEwen is anxious to 
identify the objects. She would 
like to get in touch with anyone 
else Who . has seen the mysteri- 
ous lights. 

• “I feel there -is something 
controlling them,” she said to- 
day. “It makes you wonder 
what they are.” 



Sir,-^A short time ago you pub-< 
lished a letter from a disciple of one 
George Adams ki, and I have waited 
in vain— for— a—more—able; pen thaiir . 
mine to take up the challenge. I 
would make it clear at the outset 
that I do not disbelieve in flying, 
saucers. 1 am certain ' that • they 
present a pfbblem that requires 
investigation and e:^planation. I am 
also certain that, if* they should turn 
out to be space-ships, they cpme from 
nowhere in -this Solar system. -Adam- 
ski claims he has spoken .with men 
from other planets,: including Saturn. 
The suggestion that the high .pressure, ‘ 
low temperature chemistry of SatUrn 
could .evblve a life-form similar to 
ours' would- be lajughable if it were 
not so pathetic. A great deal of your 
correspondent’s letter is contrary - to 
fact, as , fqhowsi— (1) At least two 
photographs- -in' AdamSki's .book have 
been pro’i^ed'-fakes. I yefer .to plates 
3 and .$;vv:Flate-3y a fake 

to anyone; acquliinted with, the use of 
a tel6^cpp.ei/ :and-, ’possessing :only a 
moderate ;.knowledge.' of '-lunar , geo- 
graphy v.filat^.;^, has , been ' duplicated - 
by '-hiahy phbtogfSjihef^s;’ any a'm^ ' 
Gan.dG it-.’quiie- easily -by photograph- , 
-lam night, 'of 

caiirse); -gi<fjng.:ah- exposure of. about ' 
five 'jseoQnds,’ / with fast flim::-' The 
‘"flare" ptodudea- by 'internal reflec-' 
tio'ns jn the'camera-iens will give you 
a quii^B.viatisfacfory. ** saucer on the 
devbldppd’.Blm; .(2) With regard to 
the 'film "‘Ut’.O'.,’ .the. ttnUea, .states; 
Government makes hb' .claim- that fl.y- 
Irig'sauCferk' exist;- artd 'that .they come- 
from: iother- planets'.- ..It is left over 
to ifie' 'hublxc ;f0 -f drift their own 
dpihid^Ct' fSh . Gf -.the' 27,000. photos 
on fiieV'bhly two are movies. J-'Qf’.the 
remaining - 26,998, only ^ ahobf ' 5’ per 
cent. ' are;:;uhexplBlttedi-*. 'Gf th'e 
hundredSU of •- gightingS;^'; reported ; -by: ' 
sane New Zealanders;, hot tallies- 
with -' ;the ,..: descriptions j 'given;’ b.v- 
Adamski.; (5) I hayefte^er h'eardtof- 
this' -Wonderful .piece-;: o|. .rrtetal, and 
neither. 1. suspCct, ' has -.the British 
Secretary for Air. If'there ’are-metpls. 
we -haVemot •y^tvdiscoverefl on- earth. 
wherG.Vl; pray, is’ Mr A'daimski gOmg ' •th&fn ih -the: htbmic;’table7. The 
table . is-' cbmplete; ■ .IPqb ’’6an^ Have' hew 
ailOys.ibut hot new vmetklgi.,-: In clos- 
ing, I; would say .that ; ■.men,- - like 
Adarhski,'- in .their -.’i money-grubbing' ■ 
deception of the ,. gullible, -do a real ■ 
disservice by obscuring ’.the truth and 
scaring ' serioii^ - reBeaiiChers' from ' a 
field Which may ’ be of ’ great import- 
ance; , Fly Ihg . saucers niay^' prove to 
he a, ‘ till now, u'nknpwpi natural ..phe- - 
nomenon, and the.y may turn out to 
be space-ships. -. If the - latter, ’ the 
Adamski brigade will haive dope quite, 
a lot to prevent people of intellectual 
integrity , from accepting the fact. - 
. ‘ A. j. Ijoicr. 


I ijignts in tne 


N ew ZEALANDERS genei^ 
are not highly impi’essionable 
people, and Southlanders least of 
all. “Solid and sensible” is the 

: Prime Minister’s description of us. 
So the recent reports of mysterious 
lights over Invercargill cannot be 
' written off as so much fantasy. Two 
such sober observers as a police 
constable and a fireman are not 
easily deceived into seeing lights 
where none exist. Some of these 
; reports at least must be accepted. 
^Many strange phenomena may 
account for these “flying saucers,” 
biit the question most people keep 
asking themselves is whether they 
’may not be craft from another 
planet. It is an exciting and dis- 
turbing thought, and science fiction 
writers have had a field day. with 
invaders from space. But in spite 
of the flying saucers, 'the possibility 
bf life on other planets remains 
very > remote. Temperature and 
latmpsphexe are the two factors that 
jgovent , the -possibility of life else- 
where. I^pSt. of the planets are 
eitfer too hot br too cold to suj^ort 
the theory, and the only two' possible 
exceptions - are . "Venus and Mars, 
But the scientists believe that the 
atmosphere ot Venus'i . in marked 
cohtrast to that of the Earth, con- 
tains neither water vapour nor 
bi<yged, and that even - plant life 
would be unable to exist. The 
atmosphere . of Mars; on the other 

hahdjvis thought to' eontaitv-a amoU 

a'^burit of..oxygen, and’ the' white 
pplar caps that appear' Winter 
prpyid® evidence of some moisture. 
The telescope shows it to be an arid 
plafiet, much of it desert, though 
th^'re are some areas ■which have a 
greenish tinge" and which change 
colour, in' the seasons.^ Y^t it is 
thoumit highly unlikely, that even 
animal life exists on Mar?. “The 
amount of oxygen in the Martian at- 
mosphere,” writes a noted authority, 
i Sir x Harold Spender Jones, “is 
certainly less than in our.afihosphere 

• at a height of 1.00,000 feet, while the 
i almost complete lack of moisture 

and the rapid and extreraie changes ' 
of temperature are not conducive 
to animal life. The greenish areas 
j appear .to be areas of vegetation. 
■The nature of the light which they 
j reflect is similar to - that- reflected 
by the lichens and dry mosses .on 
\ iiie earth, showing no' absorptions 
! due to water or to cHlprophyll.” 

I The fiction writers place ho Umit 
ion life on the other planets. But the 

• reahty, so far as we can judge today, 
|.|s far different. ,-AU that science 
: wiU concede is the possibility of a 
1 primitive form of plant covering on 
i Mars. Disappointing though it may 
! be, we will have to look elsewhere 

for an expfer^tion saucers. 


getting gradually nearer 
ground. : .. > - 

It continued falling and 'as . 
came closer the two meh- saW;.'i 
more clearly. It was, they clairf 
roughly oblong in shape hud abqi; 
12 inches to 18 inches long.;.- A 
arst they thought it was some |yp 
of bird, like a pigeon, but .it . wa 
glowing ftuorescently. ' >.■' 

feHblir Men’s 


AJIwt ^Fly Saueer 

. TNVERfiAKGILL, Today (PA).— The list of peoph 
who:, have seen a “flying saucer” is growing. Np:v 
conies the story of two men who almost caught one. 

. They were Messrs. William 
West and Wallace Liddell, 
both of Balfour. 

In the .early ' hours of Saturday 
morning they were standing in the 
doorway of n galjaige on Mr. West’s 
•property about- -two miles from Bal- 
four •when ’'-they ' Saw they 
thought, was : a shooting star ap- 
proachtai^im^or;'^^belt of trees and 

’ ^UThuS^'D 

In Sky 

Two .reporters and a woman saw 
strange lights flashing in the sky 
above a Bainiield street property 
last night. Like great sheets, the 
lights were visible for about two 
seconds and lit up the sky and 
nearby trees. 

The woman. Miss B, V. Wjl^n, 
first saw the lights at 11 o’clock. 

They appeared about a ddzen times 
before she rang The Southliuid 
Times and told of her 'observations. 

The . reporters went out just 
before midnight. ‘ A quarter of an 
hour wait in the dark, nree- 
shrpuded property wds rewarded 
with two 

TTnjy were dot as’ bright as Miss 
Wilson and her mother b^d seen 
previously. The earlier lights ..lit 
up the whole section and at one 
time Miss Wilson had difficulty 
in seeing because of the brilliance. 

The' weather office did- not see 
the lights. 

Changed Its 

The “thing”- looked ,as iif-ii wa 
going to settle on the lawn by ;th- 
house. The men rushed .out 
attempt to catch it and asvithe? 
approached, they claim ityjviittji.ei 
away from them and ch^'K^i 
shape intp a sphere about l$/dhfcne 
in diameter, still glowing V with'- v? 
bluish-white ligm, but app^k^^: 
have, a dull red' glow in 
They continued theii- attiempts^.f- 
catch it, but each tim^it^ 
a little further away. Finaily,.;k3H;^' 
they had observed it for . abqflfe: 
mihiite it' floated.. up and 
eight-foot corrug^Pi:ii''on fencd, diii 
disappeared sloWm^across -pad 
dock. ;'W 

■ . ..Mr. West- madb‘;SrspeGiaht^^^ 
Invercargill yesterday to.- tell 
story to meteorological officers :; a 
the weather station: at the^ity.' Sir 
port, but - they comd 

S lanation. Mr. West .is conyindCi 
la't the' .object was - - pot . Off -thi 
world, but came fronrw'aribthe: 
planet. •- ' ' 

ITEM 509] 

tuc SKies, OE 

iNel^onv wo^ 

I'Hate-loSIll- v??^ . ?, ■ m‘-'!-S"^l 


S*arf 4/ dlr™t givf 
I 't^at ^sii^e believe 


‘Sir,— The sighting of the tinfenown, 
flying object by Messrs West and tad- 1 
dell was Very ; bat^Mting, and hi ac- ! 
cordance .wth , iKbuseiids of siniilar' 
reports all over : the world. They 

wasted thtie, hdweyi^, td &e 

weather meii foir- thesoj 

and the. e^eftsi can 

i never e3cplaifl ‘au'eli'“^ by 

‘ limited jargon ™ 

planet Venhs, .or^fiaUttmiliOn.”. 

It could be fliat'the so-called experts 
j nevertheless have a$ much to learn on 
1 matters outside their text bofoKs as the 
; man in the StfeCt, »Hd possibly Aey 
will one day'bfe.-.elartled out of their 
' smugness. The Worlds in the universe 
are beyond human com^tation; the 
decision that ouTa is the only one 
inhabited is based pUrely on Wishful 
1 thinking. Nor is ;there any reason 
! to believe that people from outer space 
i are as barbarous as those on earth. 

; Light On The Question 

] WelUngto n.^Qgi-^,_^^|^ Ti K/!3. 

I- JM 


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'■'*BsSIace alie 

Thr. r ^‘1^'*. ki>ow if ,he,et^'^-rV'^Sm^o ^ou,h. 

the exhaust ”^a m. to Jand. Gominffl 

* o.r uJ 

night, thp ppI'- ■ i'Sii!;.™ horn-. 6f 

have been heatf ;',”?gg/ou]d 

wa|te°e'^ f“f„‘„g;^f^haped • object 

east i-oiife^ "°i*th-' 

Clayton Road to 

I'eports ^e're^firsK years" since 
ing sauer/s had Sy? 

Zealand. The first is 
been made early ^ ^ have 
commercial phofoSaih!^ Rotorua 

ihen a resident of 

Saueer_p Sert^tio^^ Corn^® • 
town. The ^hat 

spread to many paAs of ” u. 

-mu ^ of the country. 

he raid”the4bferl'‘'^ ^'oport 

cent light. ^ height lumine.s-l 

play • 


they saw avl.^ng 
- object 

turned ^ 

.bfehind ' the\cloufev - 



^SdvVral ;obyerV^^^^^^ 

■ irig a -^'great 'sily|r;F‘cieat::_. in flns 
region la^ ye-an^^ 

also sighted;:^hm- Bay ^ 

by™S™HM3a-^i^e' i^““y 

’ lack positive' sighttrig vof htrange 
objects ‘ 

But tli^'^ihWn 
that overhead 

object flyibff/M 
to account for ;4ftelr;9^^^ 

, The first coridtif?itj%|^ 
the Dartmoor'.arffi^^pBpfe 
of the. night 

by a TUsh^g.'V-"<ft\;i^|;;%;^?^ 

gathered- -lnVl&t,en^i%^ 

died away 

his house thenV2;opjQhd‘th.i^ 
the sky. ,His^>|-^e,S:;,topM^,^ 

awakened, :.rah4:i/then\spun|^ 

repeated about hfafc?-4^,h'P?i^^^ 
There was ■'no>^wnd^^bTe..--^pl^ 
atmospheric-'-, .i -.di^rfe^c^rJ-l.-i^to 

Earlier • : a;r/'Twyfo.rd, • - 
: experienced ' , fibihething ', -Siriii^p 

■ although' ‘in;:dayUght., Pj'.'^vMs 

occasion such . wa? the intepmy 
of the -sudden and'- unexpected -air 
mdvement that trees and hedges 
vibrated intensely. , , . _ • ■ . 



A'^laji^e.VobJfebt ' was observed 
stationary for about a (juarter of 
an hour over Ngaruawahia this 
morniiig by Mr Frank P. Duggan, 
a cafe proprietor, and his wife. 

Mr Duggan, said he awoke at 4.40 
a.Tn. and his attention was attracted 
by a bright light coming through hiS*! 
bedroom window. As the light was 
stationary, and was too bright lor 
the lights of an automobile, he got 
up and went to the window. He 

saw in the western sky something 
which he described as “similar to a 
saucer on edge--only.- longer.” The 
disc was v^y brilliautiy lit, of an 
.orangish colpdr^^i^Aftfe^^ it 

for about a"-;codple, toinutee he 
(jawoke his wife- • wl|<J:Vca^e to the 
I window and watj^ed ft aiSb. 
i “It seemed, to b%-jvery,: close,” Said 
jMr Duggan in. "an interview this 
morhing. “We watched it for about 
a.quarter of an hour before it moved 
'r% It seemed to be spinning when 
started moving, he, said. 

Now Convinced | 

{.f ter his wife went back tp bed, ! 
continued to watch, the object, 
.whlfeh travelled in a 'Westerly direc- 
tion/ "A curious feature of the 
motion of the disc was thiat it bounced 
like a tennis ball,” he- said. '‘‘Alter 
it began to moye, it dropped swiftly, 
then rose .again„;.,Siev.eral, times, only 
that thesq^ttovim sharp and 

swift.” Hfe the siie ap- 

peared to- be.^ltnfay:.^ bfead-and- 
dp:te. -hielW^t ' arm’s -I 

butter plpte. 'llBM^ 
time betpEpp'* 

from viev^-^ 

it . 


'‘.r'cE'fet: really be^ 

ling- certainly con- 

Farmer Sees 

Eerie Light 

A large object giving off a 


changed to green and then to 

reddish hue. seen in the 

sky from i p 

to 10.30 las5nigPl' ' • 

The observers were a ' 


hpcause I thought it a well-lit hi AO 
/usf Uk^a® iS^ver ed with 

“Sf ‘k°S ![“loVd"ak^;<orm 

S: rve“ e4. seen anything like , 

“There was no whisky^ in the j 


kSom's. Tas' tke tact that it was 

SrE’r:S?iS i.= 

ly to the north. 

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Ertract from ‘ 
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Swiftly Traveling 
‘‘Lighted Object” 

Reported In North 

A lighted object sped, across ,the^ sljy 
in the Auckland province : last night, 
according to apparently well authenti- 
cated reports. ^ 

Named observers at Auckland, Rot^ 
rua and Tauranga said they, sighted it 
between 6.40 pun. and 7.1o P-^ Some 
said it was travelling at- 1000ft. to 
1500ft., and' all spoke of it as fcravelUng 
' at tremendous speed, 
i One report came from Squadron 
1 Leader K. B. Smith, commanding^ offi- 
cer of No. 40 Transport Squadron, 

^He was co-pilot of a Hastings air- 
craft which -was engaged in local fly- 
ing at Wheniiapai. He Said he was 
making his final ' approach to the. air- 
port with the .aircraft when he saw a 
bluish-white light at apm-oximately 
1000ft- flying “at ' 

over Auckland’s Eastern Bays._ The 
time was between 7 p.m. and 7.1o p.m. 

Squadron Leader Smith, an 
enced pilot, with long service, p me 
RN.Z.A.F. and the K.A.F.,. said, that 
because he was making his final ap- 
proach to the airfield at the time, be 
I could dp no more -than glance at the 

L. C. Dassler. of Gropi, Tau- 
.ranga, reported seeing a “pipkish- 
purplish flame with the 
1 shape of a hull” flymg about 1000ft. 
lover Te Poi, near Matamata. 

: Mr Gassier, a former dight-sergea^ 

navigator in - the R-N.Z-^-F. with loOO I 
flMn^ hours to his credit, estimated 
the speed of the object at 1000 miles 
an ho^ir. The time was about ^40 p.m. 

A farmer of Reporoa, near Rotoru^ 

Mr E .1. Aikin, said he- saw a pink 
ami white pear-shaped object jiboqt 
6.40' p.m. travelling very fast across 

flghted object ia the skj beteeen-6.30 
j p.m; and 6.55 p.m. 

' Wellington Coiiiiheat 

■ “T don’t' yav. these' people haven’t 
seeJ Wth& blit. we woidd havj 

to have many more ' details ahout the 

objects before we jump to any con- 
Sns.” said the director. o|.t^^^ 
Carter Observatory. Mr. I. E. Thom 
sen, comraeiiUiig. on the ^epo^^s 
the flying objects seen m Auckland 

^^'Mr."?homsen said he did not be- 
lieve in any.flying -saucer theory. He 

mentioned the. case of the Nation^ 
Airways pilot who, last .year, ..had 
thought Yenus was a ‘’saucer . 

■ “He was an experienced man, too, 
said Mr. Thomsen. 

He did not know of finy star or 
star-like object which could account 
for the sightings, but he. said it might 
have been a large meteor. - 
■With more detail on the; diira.tion 
of the. light, the direction in which, it 
moved, the exact -times and the 
height at which it was seen, it might 
I be possible to say what had caused 
! the “saucer”. 

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iis soon as it is financially pospi*ble and according to the re'sponce 
in nmnhers reouesting iiieiiibersliipj Co Solo will have lorinted menber- 
ship ca,rds made and distributed. 

If you have suggestions that you consider nay naterially help this 
orga>nization or any redundant equipment in the printing line that 
you are prepared to loan please let us Icnow, 

You may wish to organize local clubs branches etc for talks , lect- 
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Headquarters - I Hissan Placey'^ 
Onehunga S,E,5« Auckland. 

SEECIAH BUIEETIH - January 1956 - i 

Dear Asso.ciates, 

The year of great expectations in pur field of research is now with. us* 
’Many imrestigators and numerous members of ' the world^s populace are watch- 
ing and waiting for the tempo of the- expected -renewed ”UEO'*' actiyity and 
the turning point in this great struggle hy civilian- researchers to remon- 
strate and convince world -authorities that the txuth/answer to the great 
mystery in our midst must soon he told. -full 

The huff & bluff, ho hum & bother, repeatedly reiterated in official pro- 
nouncements oh "Unidentified Elying Objects", must not, in the name of 
commonsense and fore- sighted wisdom be permitted to continue* 

Those questionable scientists .who still,- unfortunately, gain- the limelight 
with their grossly unscientific "utter bilge" and f oolish debunking s, ought 
to seriously re-examine their outdated ideas, broaden their views and not 
make utterances on subjects they have but little knowledge of* Eor when^ 
the truth is finally known, the rebound of the publics accusing finger v/ill 
point in their direction with greatest severity. 

The American Government, controller and monitor of the world headquarters, 
official "UEO" research, .should release, broadcast and explain patiently^ 
and masterly the. greatest discovery that earthman has made in recorded*- Iris- 
tory. A discovery, which will, beyond a shadow of doubt, remold our whole 
outlook in every field of human endeavour. They should begin by skillfully 
demonstrating# that, outside of natural phenomena, mistaken idenf '-'y and 
, hoax, remains a sizeable residue of "UFO" observations reported from & by 
j unquestionable military and civil scientific sources. They should proceed 
j by stating, that serious, int'ense and continuous investigation has revealed 
to us an astonishing picture. The afore-mentioned "UFO" is now officially 
I listed as "IFO" (identified Flying Objects!/, perhaps better explained, as 
I the space going vehicles of bei^s^fipm_di,sta^ worlds etc. etc. 

" l/lajor Donald E. Keyho.e in his -startling book "TEE 

FLYING SAUCER CONSPIRACY", has^l?Siplm„,.»"Agh level concern, cover- 
up and top secret proceedures of the U,S. Air Force, and the National Sec- 
urity Council in their -"saucer" probing# that any further white-washing 
of the truth of this great saga, will, avail them little. Keyhoe docixments 
and reveals that scientists have established that the moon is inhabit edf 
(most likely space visitors) great surfaoe structural activities, dome- . 
like buildings, roads and many other increasing and startling changes on 
our satellites surface, seen by many astronomers. Chief authority quoted, 
Dr. Percy ¥ilkins, Director, Lunar Section, Royal Astronomical .Society ..of 
Great Britain. Mt. Palomaa? also making moon investigation under . Security. 

' Council instructions. Dr. Slipher, leader of the jyiars Committee*s June 54 
expedition to Bloemfontein, South Africa, for astronomical studie's of Ears 
during that close approach; has established that the Xiartian Canals are 
artificial waterways that -follow the Great Circle paths (about the centre 
of a sphere, like earth^s equatoral line) as suspected, but Dr. Slipher b 
has been silenced. Two artificial alien satellites have been orbiting our 
equator for many months. Discovered first by experimental Air Force radar, 

! confirmed by Mt. Palomar Observatory. Top secret security orders issued lay 
' the J oint "Chiefs- of- Staff (JANAP 146)’ Joint Army Navy Air Publication & 
i , I AFR 200-2 ; threatened and libelled military men and others with knowledge 
of the documents with court martial, imprisonment from one to ten years & 

[ fines of 10,000 dollars to boot; should they make public classified "UFO" 
information. Only cases of hoax and simple mistaken identity could be re- 
leased or discussed’ publicly. These extraordinaiy documents, recently de- 
classified by ord^r of the President of United States and faithfully repro- 
duced in Major Keyhoe* s book, reflect the high level conceiri and respect 
^ the. author! ties have for the "UFO". These orders go so far as to instruct 
I military personnel, what to do should "PARTS OR SUSPECTED PARTS OF FLYING 

Dear Asso.ciates, ... 

expectations in our field of research is now with’^ • 
n’f'erous members of- the world’s populace are watch- 
+t!? waiting for the tempo of the expected renewed ' "UPO”- actiTity and 
strate^^^fn°^^^ struggle by civilian researchers to remon- 

mvstP^v convince world authorities that the truth/answer to the great 

mystery in our midst must soon be told, -full ^ 

'^2 bother , repeatedly reiterated in official pro- 

nouncements on "Unidentified Plying Objects", must not, in the name of 
commonsense and fore- sighted wisdom be peimitted to continue; 

scientists who still, unfortunately, gain the limelieht 
with their grossly unscientific "utter bilge" and foolish debuhkings ought 

m^l'ut?eriL^r"^^S2 their Ss ina nft 

the t™th on subjects they have but little knoyfledge of. For when 

rebound of the publics accusing finger will 
point in their direction with greatest severity. £> s 

Sfitill^"n^H°Z®?^®”i’ and monitor of the world headquarters, 

and mastAT??^+>,’^ release, broadcast and explain patiently 

tow A ;that earthman has made in recorded' h;ls- 

ni2+iAAW Will, beyond a shadow of doubt, remold our whole 

outlook in every field of ..human endeavour. They should "begin hy skillful 
demonstrating, that, outside of natural phenomena, mi ^S i den 

^ sizeable residue of "UPO" observationrreportef from & “ r 
^ stftiM^that'^^''^®’^^ and civil scientific sources. The? should proceed 
tn 11 A serious, intense and continuous investigation has revealed 

ii-A+fa A picture. The afore-mentioned "UPO" is now offiotallv 

wit? C0Mcirin*tu''°°®2'^“''®® the U.S. Air Po?ce,' and the Hational sic~ 

?f tL^t™+h^nf +^® saucer" probing, that any further whiterwashing 
and reveSs\bat^?Af '^^i\ayail them little. Keyhoe documents 

?Sost TiSlv i es-ta1^lished that the moon is inhabited? 

lipfbuuSLf vLIa® structural activities, dome-? 

oir sattui?f’s’Ai??? increasing and startling changes on 

Dw Pwo? WiiMn? TO®’ r®" s-fyonomers. Chief authority quoted. 

■ Seat Britain w’ Section, Royal Astronomical SocLty of 

■ PnnnAiT t + 9-1®° making moon investigation under Securi*^‘v 

exp^StiOT^trmoAmf' Committee’s June 54 

toing ttat 2 ia South Africa, for astronomical studies of Jars 

approach; has established that the Martian Canals are 

has 'hPAn c,?i s equatoral line) as suspected, hut Dr. Slipher' 

eqLto? satellites have been orbiting our 

confirmed hv ^onths, Discovered first hy e3q)erimental Air Force radar, 


>■ alaSst ?h? f tviends in very high places whm are 

against the silent and cover-up “UFO" policv Thrpartc! +v, i 

"THE ELYIHG S^UCER CONaPII^^CY" by Major. Donald E. Keyhoe. Published by 
Henry Holt Company Ltd. 383 liadison Avenue, Hew York 17, H.Y. Price ^ 3.&0. 
(J’irst Class Postage 90c ents) (English puhlisher' not yet named)* 



Luring the almost ideal and very favourable approach of Earth to Mars in 
Sept., large observatories, particularly in the northern hemxsphere will be 
giving the red planet the greatest scientific . going oyer in recorded histoi: 
BUT, all "UEO” -investigators feel most assured . that the exact reverse will 
also be the case* Earth may well receive the greatest incursion, suryeill-* 
ance", landings and encounters from outer space visitors either operating or 
perhaps originating from the wise • old globe. Professor Hermann Oberth, le 
ing rochet scientist recently stated ’• The planets and their satellites 
our system may only be the stepping stones used by intelligent 
ing to us f rom another system"* Reference to our Ifers Opposition chart Vol 
Ho 2 CSI quarterly magazine is recommended for further clarification 9^ 

Mars question. This greater ”UEO" activity will probably bridge a period of 
six months, notable signs appearing (using past records as a guide) in Ju y 

00 OQOOOOOOOOOOO 000000000 


Ho other singular great public serving organization has been more hoodwinke 
and double-crossed by official "UEO" authorities. Truly it is time the pres 
got its back up, dug into and exposed the deceit, double-talk and oonoealec 
facts long impatiently waiting for a thorough airing. To date the biggest^s 
hottest ever scoop story still goes begging. Civilian investigators repea u 
-their promise of every assistance* 


Permanent bookings for monthly general meetings have, how been arranged. 

\ Commencing Eebruary 22nd., and evgr^- subsequent 4th Wednesday in the 
\ during 1956, CSI members and Auckland Sunday Sen 

'■ Union Hall, 1st Ploor, 325 Q.uee^BB|^i^|8^ckland» (Just ^hoye TownyHall^# 
Latest news, summaries, lantern 3'Ud relevant addresses will I 

on various programmes. A charge -^^^liade to cover light supper and he 

hire fees. ( 8 to 10.15 pm. )• The Lorn. Pres, will not be able .to attend iirt 
meeting in the new year, due to temporary absence to Woodbouine Air Eorce 
Station (Blenheim) st Feb. -I6th March, however, other committee men & 
women will ably cariy the banner. (C/o Sergeant ^s Mess Woodbourne Air Force 


Mr* A.B. Wallace, Nelson Cresent, Napier, has been appointed our Hawkes Ba; 
Representative. CSI members in Napier and Hastings may like to write to- Mr 
Wallace, and perhaps arrange a discussion evening someplace .(109 Nelson C 


All Representatives and Members are requested to keep a sharp lookout :^roir 
this date on. Please forward post haste all private and press reported|ob- 
servations to headquarters. Then we. can follow tp if merited* Clip' alsi th 
title of press and date when forwarding ^aily paper cuttings. Best v/ishes 
to all in the New Year now with us and sincere thanks for all assistance, 

Harold H. Fulton, Lorn* Pres* -8SI\ 

Return Address. CSl(N2) P.O. Box 1914 
Auckland, New Zealand. 

CJ-tUC)i!]Ki'.r AJb^i^UkGB. Qji ■Latino u 

During tlie almost ideal and very favourable approach of Barth to } in 
Sept., large observatories, particularly in the northern hemisphere will be 
giving the red planet the greatest scientific . going over in recorded history 
BUT, all -investigators feel most assured .that the exact reverse will 

also be the case. Earth may well receive the greatest incursion, suryeill^ 
ance, landings and encounters from outer space visitors either operating or 
perhaps originating from the wise • old globe. Professor Hermann Oberth, lead, 
ing rocket scientist recently stated " Tbe planets and their satellites in 
our system may only be the stepping stones used by intelligent beings com- 
ing to us from another system”. Reference to our ”Ifers Opposition chart Vox o 
Ho 2 CSI quarterly magazine is recommended for further clarification of tho 
Mars question. This greater ”irPO” activity will probably bridge a period ox 
six months, notable signs appearing (using past records as a guide) in July 

- August. ■ 



Ho other singular great public serving organization has been more hoodwinke 
and double-crossed by official VUEO" authorities* Truly it is time the = 
got its back up, dug into and- exposed the deceit, double-talk and concealed 
facts long impatiently waiting for a thorough airing. To date the biggest 
hottest ever scoop story still goes begging* Civilian investigators repeat 
their promise of every assistance. 


Permanent bookings for monthly general meetings have, how been arranged. - 
Commencing Eebruary 22nd., and eyerj^. subsequent '4th Wednesday in the mon\ ; 
during 1956, CSI members and Auckland Sunday Sch 

Union Hall, 1st Ploor, 325 Q.ue ckland * (just above Town Hall }-«- 
Latest news, summaries, lantern relevant addresses will i 

on various programmes, A charge '^%‘-tnade to cover light supper and hs 

hire fees. ( 8 to 10.15 pm.)- The Dorn. Pres, will not be able . to attend firj 
meeting in the new year, due to temporary absence to Woodbouine Air Porce 
Station (Blenheim) 21 st Peb. -I6th March, however, other committee men & 
women will ably carry the banner. (C/o Sergeant^s Mess V/oodbourne Mr Porce 

HEW reprbseh'tative APPOIHTED 

Mr. A.B, Wallace, Helson Cresent, Hapier, has been appointed our-Hawkes Ba; 
Representative. CSI members in Hapier and Hastings may like to write to- Mr. 
Wallace, and perhaps arrange a discussion evening someplace .(109 Helson C; 


All Representatives and Members are requested to keep a sharp lookout :jrom 
this date on. Please forward post haste all private and press reported I ob- 
servations to headquarters. Then we can follow tp if merited. Clip alsd th 
title of press and date when forwarding Daily paper cuttings. Best wishes 
to all in the Hew Year now with us and sincere thanks for all assistance. 

Harold H. Pulton, Dom. Presr-USI-l 

Return Address. CSl{HE) P.O. Box 1914 



6 til. May 1954- C.S.'I. Headquarters I Nissan Place, Onehunga, , 

S,E.5,;, Auckland, New Zealand, I . ^ 

C.S.I. Change Of Policy New Ideals^ V 

.Because of the rapidly developing picture more 

■oresence of real "Unidentified Objects" in our skies, C.S.X. today believes 
that best uurpose can now be served by opening this organization to the 
JubUc at fa^irwisSil to join. Biis'wlll peitoit the promulgation or broad, 
cast of information on a far wider scale, 

C.S.I.'s Aims and Objects when established on I2th October I95S weres- 

Tn flip all renorts of Elying Saucers; these reports would 
^ ' iLeive SLe?e ani ^biaSd investigation and would be kept 
confidential if requii*^ informant ♦ 

( 2 ) 10 correspond and affiliate with kindred bodies abroad so that 
information may be exchanged and greater. knowledge obtained. 

(3) To try and establish the- true, natu^ of the mystery objects 
their pwpbse and Ccmipesltions'^ To try and make contact. 

Ihe aims and objects- will now so broaden to incllide 

(4) To pass on via lectures, published Pap^o, 

means at our disposal information r^rded about these myst- , 
erious- o'bjectB frequenting earth skies* 

(5; information will be authenticated as far as poesibla a^ 

classified aa to reliability. Sve^ effort will be made to , 
present the subject on a ser^ble level so as not to cause 
fear> alaimi or revul.sion# 

(6) T’o keep up to date with all modern aids to yi;sxiali4et 
and latest, derelopments in rockets, preparation 
etary flight and astro-nomi-cal data complimentary to the above^ 

The folXowing rules have been accepted on a proTisionary basis »- 

(1) The. name of the organization shall remain ‘’Civilian Saucer 
InvestigatiorL(J^)e " 

(2) Committee meetings shall be held once a month, general meet- 
ings as notified to members 7 days in adva.nce* 

(3) Present Officers of C. S. I. {numbering 7) shaO.1 remain in office 
for the next 12 months unless one or ^1 should m^e applicat- 
ion for resignation. ®iey will be subject to re-election at 
the termination of this period* 

‘ (4) ’revision for increase in members 

subject to a financial -member being nominau-.e.d by . two officers 

and duly elected. . ' 

(5) 11 apoli cations for membership to (i.S.I. will be presented at 

the next monthly meeting , proposed , seconded ' 

The committee reserves the righx to. decline f'«. 

reasons of undesirable character, mental insiability and othe^ 

undesirable factors* . ' 

(6^. Inancial subscription shall be at the rate of £.•. per annum* 
Members will be intitled to the quarterly ..lying Saucers , 
(official magazine) and other news releases from tiiae to time. 

C.S.I. Change Of Polij y 

‘ Ideal s : ■ ■ - - /' 

Because of the rapidly ski es^^C?S^I^ today helieTes 

presence of real "Unidentified fS I organization to the 

pSSuS ?ss“ s* « j.'r« V" 

cast of information on a fax wider scale, 

C.S.I, ‘s Aims and OlDjects when estalslished on I2th Ootoher ^952 were, 

Tn file all reports of I’lying Saucers? these 

ieceiTe sincerl and unbiased investigation and would he kept 

confidential if required hy informant. 

The aims and objects- will now so broaden %o Inoliide 
feaxp alarm or reTulsion*. 

“ S%Si¥“iiS-i3=S!wS^^ 

The folXowing rules have been accepted on a pro^i si onary' basics- 

(1) The. name of the organization shall remain "CiTiHan Saucer 
Investigatiou{ 6 " . 

(2) committee meetings shall be held onoB a month, general meet- 

ings as notified to members 7 days in aCTance. , 

HilS / 

the termination of this period. j 

sSbSci°?oTfiSSo?S i^^efS^noS^iSrb^tw^ 

and duly elected. . 

(5> -11 applications for membership to (i.S.I. will t>e gesented at/ 
the neit monthly ineeting , .application for/ 

undesirable factors. . • ; 

vSrs^.ilf brifiS?Lf fo'the Sart^rlf® 4?iS sluoSs^ ' 
tSfioial magazine) and other news releases irom time to time. 

f7l ’■■'hosp renresentatiTes and honorary obsexYers appointed since 
ina^uraUorwill be declared foundation membe^ and retain 
their status on making application for membership. 

(3) Individuals will cease to be members of C.S.I. upon written 

a,ppli cation for resignation , non-ire<5-eipt of renewal subscrip- , 
tion after 6 months , conduct not accredit able or acceptable' 
to the organizations aims, principles or policy*. 

(9) A quoiimi of three members of the comiTiittee must be -in attendance 
plus the .Chairman and Secretary at a gommittee meeting before 
any official business can be transacted » %iorum strength sub- 
ject to revision on increase of committee, 

(10) In the.. event of an official government announcement with full 
accurate and positive identification of the "Unidentified B'ly- 
•ing Objects" | that indeed- these objects are real and intellig- 
ently controlled , C.S.I, will carry on and assist in every way 
possible with the education of our peoples in all aspects of ' 
this then revolutionary discovery , C»S.Ic may then change its 
name if members deem desirable* 

(11) The standing rules provisionary approved at this meeting- dated 

6th May 1954 may be added to, altered or rescinded at subsequ- 
ent annual general or extraordinary meetings , subject to 14 
days notice of motion* . ■ 

(12) I^xtra- ordinary meetings may-be called by the President or -on 
demand by no. less than four members of the committee* 

(13) The President , Secretary and Treasurer are ’-the only persons. 

authorized to use off i cial ■ stationary, seals etc* " ■' 

(14) A banking account will be opened in the name of the organizat- 
ion, the President, Secretary and' -Treasurer being the only „ - 
persons having access to the account* V/ithdrawal cheques must 

be counter- signed by the other two senior officers, 

(15) I Hissan Place Onehunga S»E.5* Auckland. New Zealand- (President's 
residence) is declared C*S,I. Headciuarters and that both thi.s 
address and P,O.Box 1914' be used for all official correspondence , 

j (l6) Although the organization has no connection with the government, 

I it will co.-operate if called upon to do so 5 subject to cenfiri:i- 

[J ation at a meeting. C.S.I* has no political affiliationsfnenbers 

if will strive far only the highest of principles worthly of our 

V Grown, Countrymen and this rapidly developing modern era* 



.f lian Saucer Investigrs,tion(NZ) was established on the. 1 2th October 1952 
/'jhas in accordance with rules laid down at inauguration remained to .this 
/ .e a small compact body with a maximum strength of eight “committee members^ 
epresentatives and Honorary Observers have been appointed throughout N*Z, 
nd overseas countries from keen correspondents willing to give every assist- 
nee and from Officers of kindred organizations* 

ighteen months have la,psed since ina.uguration , during which' tine the aims 
nd objectives of our investigation have been carried out with much vigour 
nd determination, resulting in some notev/orthy success* (This does not im:l.y 
the.t we have solved the mystery* ) In this period a, great amount of activity 
n the part of UEOs have been noted and our log books of New Zealand and 
verseas reports house a, vast amount of information from private, press rep 
rted and official sources. 

he coimnttee having made itself familiar v/ith the msny theories a.dvanccd tc 
xpladn the "Saucers" | having also ma,de research into and aquainted themsol- 
pn ..with all known forms of atmospheric f meteoric , celestial , and extv- 
errestrial natural phenomena 

any official ‘business can be transacted . <i^oruia strength sub- 
ject to revision- on increase of committee* 

(lO) In tiie.. event of an official government announcement with full 
accurate and positive identifibation of the "Unidentified Fly- 
•ing Objects" ; that indeed- these objects are real and intellig- 
ently controlled , C.S*I* will carry on and assist in every way 
possible with the education of our peoples in all aspects of- ' 
this then revolutionary discovery « CoS*!, may then change its 
name if members deem desirable* 

(11) The standing rules provisionary approved at this meeting- dated 

6th May 1954 may be added to, altered or rescinded at subsequ- 
ent annual general or extraordinary meetings , subject to 14 . . • 
days notice of motion, . - • . .. .. . 

(12) liJxtra- ordinary meetings may-be called by the President or -‘on 

demand by no less than four members of the committee# • 

(13) The President , Secretary and Treasurer are 'the only persons. • 

authorized to use official ■ 'stationary, seals; etc# ' ' ‘ " 

(14) A banking account will be opened in the name of the 
ion, the President, Secretary and; -Treasurer being the only .. - 
persons having access to the account# Withdrawal cheques must 

be counter- signed by the other two senier officers# 

'(I5) I Nissan Place Onehunga SoE.o# Auckland New Zealand-’ (President ’ s • j 
residence) is declared C,S,I. Headquarters and that both this. > 

address and P.O.Box 1914 be used for all official correspbnd.ence* j 

(I6) Although the organisation has no connection with the government, 
it will co.r operate if called upon to do so| subject to confiro- 
a-tion at a meeting. C.S.I. .has no affiliationsjnenbers 
will strive for only the highest of principles worthly of our 
Grown, Countrymen and this rapidly developing modern era, 





iian Saucer Investigation(NZ) was established on the. I2th October 1952 
jThas in accordance v/ith rules laid down at inauguration remained to this 
.e a small compact body with a maximum strength of. eight "committee membersu- 
^presentatives and Honorary Observers have been appointed throughout N.Z# 
id overseas countries from keen correspondents willing to give every a.ssist~ 
ice and from Officers of kindred organizations# 

Lghteen months have lapsed since inauguration , during which tine the aims 
id objectives of our investigation have been carried out with much vigour 
id determination, resulting in some noteworthy success. (This does not im:':ly • 
:ha.t we have solved the rrystery# ) In this period a. great amount of activ:. t./ 

1 the part of UFOs have been noted and our log books of New Zealand and 
rerseas reports house a vast amount of information from private, press rep 
?ted and official sources. 

le coim:iittee having made itself familiar with the msny theories advanced tc . 
vplain the "Saucers"? having also made research into and aquainted tlieiiGol- 
?X-3/ith all known forms of atmospheric f meteoric , celestial , and extr:- 
srrestrial natural phenomena. * 

Lnds 'Ihat to date no no-tural phenomena explanation can account for or sat- 
i sf Ovctorily explain- away, the hundreds of exceptionally well authen- 
ticD-ted reports submitted ^^^ith minute details by the most relirblo 
qualified witnesses, supported by radar, theodolite, telescope, c v.- 
era (still and movie) and other mechanical aids to aerial detect! o}.;.. 

Ttuerg ^-Te It is the feeling of this committee thao there is 

“ day powerful evidence to support the existence of real str^e 
shaped craft frequenting earth skies with 

and oapahilities far heyond our most advanced design and compre- 

CorGurrenUy^Se°very evidence that so- ■strongly supports the true existence 
^ncurrenS^i^e..^ ships,- equally well eupports the growi^- con- 

_ • .; f yiction of all "iOTOstd^ating authorities that they are indeed of 

•V \ ektr^" t er r e str i al • .or 

It is'also of paramount significance to this co^ttee that those 
nent sponoered investigating agencies in the Canada in parti 

, after five years research, analysis and ertenment 5 

mechanical instruments and leading scientific - „D~id_wide 

a natural phenomena explanation as the ^use of the thousands of world wide 
reports. These authorities adiiiit that ZOfo are inexplicatile, nf 

It is also significant that today all the major world powers and many of 
the minor anes:, have now established deps.rtmepts,lahoriti^ +n this 

respective se.-curity forces, giving cohtinuDu^_and top priority s y 
Paf flings apd^ -astonishing prohl^^ of ever growing concern* • . 

" This^comtai’ttee,-. -because, of' its' acute awareness of the situation on a wwld 
-wide'hasi-s, and because of certain conp-lex happeni^s of 

in the U. S.A. ,'f'eels that, the. JUneri can duthori ties have to a greater or le 
er extent solve'd the mystery, hut to date have refused to relea^ wp 

for puhlication. If this is a true and accurate suiii^ary of evidence a ^ 
feel confident and justified in- • makings , then .the secret of the Saucers 
or Uni dent if i.ed flying Ohjects cannot remain much longer ine 2 <p>licat)ie* 


“V", progress-^ of Kim)RED orgamzatioits abro ^. ; ^ 

Most en’coufageihg progress has heen made in the last 12 months:, hy kin re 
- investi getting bodies overseas. In England, Australia and U. SoA. an par ic- 
i’-uiar .meinhership is fast- approaching the thousand mark. and. it looks like 
-climbing to many thousands unless the' authorities soon spill the heans, 
mtiiout. doubt'-.the'wprlds millions^ would' -giv^^ much to know the answer to^ 
mystery ',',.i.t is, p.erf ectly clear thdt the majority no longer accept t e i 
at ed. statement s;fr bn scientist's, that the "Saucers” can be explained awc 
as. natural phenomena, hal loonary etc. All the civilian groups are receiv 
constant enco.urag.dment from a public kept m^nly in the dark by the^a 
ties. The public are joining the' investigating groups, clubs etc to-iry 
get -nearer the truth and keep pace' with the trend of. events in the sau 
'ri'ddle. If is noted from the lastest -issue of -the English body s^offic 
magazine that some prominent -names are appearing in the membership lif 
Engineers, Astronomers, Scientists,, and coiimTissioned officers o -e 
Eorce and other Services, 

The British .Isles and the European theatre "received its biggest and 
' disturbing period cf - sightings in the last three months of 1953, as 
. the Air'^iinistry, Eleet Air Arm' and Arr.iy Headquarters and also the . 
are s e ri ou Sl-y investigati ng;, • ^ex changing • -i nf ornat i on at top secret lev 
each o the r -'and ' their al li e s . abr o ad « A., r e c ent ann ounc ene nt st at e a ^hat 
•Aircrews were being lectured p.n. the "Saucers" and that Aircrews were i 
-ted from pa'ssing the. details of ■■-their sightings on to the press* 

Since 1st January, up to date of .writing there has been hundreds of sig 
ings in the Australian area, ' 70 odd reports in Victoria ^one during a 
(as publi'shed by C.A.E.Aust)* The objects next made, startling appear an c 
around Central Australia (Alice Springs, one was photogrphed) and the.^ 
to South Australia & Western Australia • ( Adel iade, Perth etc) much coniu. 
Scientists held meet ings, tried best to 'explain it away, but to no avail* 

: re cent sightings have occured over Tasmania, Farmers, Eng me ere and ex k > 
E . p er s'bnhel a-l 1 saw . and hee^rd f apt liov i ng and^ . i ^ ^ v, ~ 


It is' also of paraiaount U?^!^^and^C^ada°in parti culari 

nent sp once red investigating agencies in . + . aided ty all modem 

, after five years research, ^ If^^S-aiSs ’havrLiled to find 

mechanical instruments and leadi^ tht^o^use o^the thousands of world-wide 

a natural phenomena explanation as the ^use of x^ ^nous^ 

reports. These n^or ^ld powers and many of 

It is also significant denartoents, lahorities and their 

the minor ones,- , have now established d^^^rxne.n , ^j-ioritv study to this 
respective security forces, giving continuous., and top priorixy sxu 
. hafflim: and ^astonishfng problem of ever, greying concer . . . - j 

This; eoimai't'tee, because, of : its a^t.e^^nesa th e development/ 

-wide basis/ and. because of certain to or less/ 

in the U.S.A'., feels that, the .^^^’"Save refu^^ to' refelse the fact? 

er extent solved the mystery, but summary of evidence as we / 

for publication. If this is a_ true and ® ^“%t of the "Saucers" / 

feel confident and justified iff'mahi^ ,^^ longer inexplicable. / 

or, Unidentifi.ed Plying Objects cannoo remain muen longer inex-i. j 


■ ' ;■ PROC-R B '^s''aTr K-TWnHKD ORGAHIZATIOITS ■ V , u nr,, i rl I 

lisst en'dourageing, ptogress has ^d UVS.A. in parti c| 

- inYestigatxng. l 30 dies overseas. In England, Austmiia an - . 

- ular melbership is' fast- approaching the : thf^ans! / 

cliribing-to many tliou sands unless tlie authorities J^on sp fn i 

mt^ufdoUbt?L- worlds nnliions^woul^ much to ^now the answer to f 

' i + 'be n erf eotlv clear' that the majority n° longer accept "n® / 

‘^^ntate&Ls' frbm- scientists, that "Saucers" can be expl^^ 

as natural phenomena, balloonary etc. Toy the aul/ 

Gonstaht en'courag.enient from a^puhlic ^rouns cluhs etc to try/ 

ties* The 'p.uhlic are joining o? events in the sau/ nearer the truth and keep pace with the d . -body ^s of fig 
•‘ri-ddle. It IS noted from the lastest - issue 

magazine that some “nd""c?Sssioned officers 'of the L 

Engineers, Astronomers, bcientisT-S,. ana oui-h.u-Do 

Eorce and other Services* 

The British Isles and the European Meafre received its biggest an/^ 
distuSfnrperiod of ' sightings in the last three months of 1955, as; 

-ted from passing the. -details of their sightings on to the press. 

■page mentions in local press,- publication of ^ost 

luS^aliS ^nev4r"heard of flying 

that he was nearly knocked off his ho j. towards him* Ifeny na.tiv‘?a\" 

n«t. «+.-rp^nriR. also 36611 by group of surveyors engineer 

the surve-y 0 X 13 r-epo rt e d o i'- i ^ ^ ^ ^ ® machi i:ie^, said they 

w3j:^ se-r^ing sketches of ohj^Sts to the R.A,^.E. and Mr J^rroOLd Pres ast 
Plying Sadcer The inoidonts in M^tralla orer the last three ^anths 

are followed in the isaAn a circular path, Pr-oin the States of Vi ctoriay .Cent- 
al Au^tralaij South Auo*traJ.ia , Taeanania -and now hack again in Victoria. 

’here has been reports iron most pafte of Australia over this period, hut 
.a j 0 r s.p j. e ar an c e s .. hc.v p c.- c cured in the areas mentioned ahove«, 

mmm s a ir porce base mjroc California. 

here is much speculation andung many of the U. S.A, civilian Saucer groups 
hoiit some recent developments * at the above base, Prahlc Edwards ,ilneriean 
‘a,dic. comnientator , first gave out' the news about two months- ago that another 
; Oa c. c e r Cr af t " had been f ound and was. unde r ' t op level i nsp ection by scientists 
,n'"nes mentioned by Edwards) at Edwards Air Force' Base.’ T.ales of q uest ion- 
id. e repute are reaching us that , a number of alien craft have landed there 
cid that demon strati one a.x*e being given the ilaerican scientists by the alien 
jrewfc. it is reported tha,t the situation at the Air Base is electric and-is 
:i.c;cn by the leading V/ire Press Service si G.S.I. has no confirmation of the 
reported happenings.-?, treat . it ‘with caution, however in view ofthe overall 
appenings in the Saucer such a situation. as mentioned above is a 
)ossibility and not at all remote or fa,ntastic^ Edwards Air Force Base is 
I nag or flight test Station in the States, Test Pilot Bill Bridgeman (for 
:'Ouglas .Aircraft ) has flown the navy exp-erimental "rocket propelled "Sky- 
■^ocket "at nearly a hundred thousand ft at .speeds in excess of 1600 MoP.H.- 
■he jf-ilr craft is air launched from a huge bomber already some 30,000 ft up. 

‘ ''O PERATION imps." ICILY 2W, 

L'lio ‘'ioxstralasioja POST" 29t]oApril issue has a most straight forward and most 
'rank d page article titled "OPERATION liARS".- It- tells how Australian -. 
Ejciont.lsts and leading A.stronomers are preiDaring' f or the coming liars Oppos- 
'f.on'A A famous French Astronomer , de G.Vaucouleurs (l^Iarsian student) is 
rt present in Australia and is playing a major part in preparing the Tele*: 
['.copes and' other intruments on Mount StronnoCnot sure of mount spelling), 
ilus is an extremely interesting article , The possibility of Marsian life 
i.vd intelligent beings and the possibility^ that tha,t it is the base, of the 
k-ying faucers is openly discussed. Order your copy now, this issue is not 
’’et on sale in New Zeal-.’-ndj 


1 is the title of a recent publication recently purchased by C.S.I.from 
\ oaL booksellers. 13/6 Tiiis book or bound' magazine on good quality paper 
l.s ^vmost up to date sej:ies of articles by ¥illy Lee , Dr ¥erhher Von Braun 
.nz Haber? Hugo Gernback and others proriinent in this field. Also has 
' on at rear of Flying Saucers* Publishers Sidgwick and Jackson* 

■ally well illustrated. 

iSynMs TO s w'ilTiES and gatberings » 

.a-dent of Co So I, Las recently ^iven on request a series of lectures 
■•'ing Saucers" to a inomber of societies and private gatherings at 
mi. homes in Auckland, These a.ddresses have meet with great re sp once 
.ectures up to date h've been confined to a sui'cmary of all aspects of 
ir.nxiic.. la’cer lectures will deal v/ith specified aspects* Recue sts have 
made by those societies addresses for further lectures on the subject. 
;acuests will be met with pleasure v/herever possible. 


.'.iAOTED parties may consider that the Sub of £I asked by C.SoI, for fin- 
al membership is r either high, we do not deny this, however, you will 
.*e elate that the cost of research is high as is the cost of all forms 
.•ji.)y.fted natter* C.S,a., will remain a non-profit organization, all funds 

di TPir.'h r 6 to inP'K»=k'yi nl ■? •7 ? ncr niTr' o -5 r-i e -i o o 

,s D e en rep drt s £' r on" mo st ' oi iUis trail a over t M s e'rl 067 M% 

ijearanceS; lae.vp go cured in the mentioned above^, 


5 much speculation ambu:i^ many of the U. civilian Saucer groups 
)ne recent developments ‘at the above base, Frank Edwards ,ibaeriean 
mmentator , first gave out' the news about two months- ago that another 
Craft" had bee^i found and was under’ top level inspection by scientists 
10 nt i 0 n 8 d by Edwar d s ) at E dwar d s id r E 0 rce Base.' Xal e s of cue s t i 0 n- 
)ute are reaching us that, a number of alien craft have landed there, 
i demonstrations are being given the ilmer lean 'scientists by the alien • 
.t is reported tha.t the situation at the Air Base is electric aiid-is 
^ the leading Wire Press -Service si G.S.I, has no confirmation of the 
?ted ha}?penings.> treat it with caution, how ever in view of the overall 
igs in the Saucer dr.aiaa such a situation .as mentioned above is 
-ity and not at all remote or fantastic^ Edwards Air Force Base is 
flight test Station .in the States, Test Pilot Bill Bridgeman(f or 
..di-craft) has flovm the navy experimental "rocket propelled "Sky- 
j-t nearly a hundred thousand ft af. speeds in excess of 1600 M.P'.H.- 
3raft is air launched from a huge bomber already, some 30,000 ft up. 

• i 

"OPE RATION 3}iARS"3~DlY 2ED. . j 

:rolaeian POST" 29thApril issue has a most straight forward and most ^ 

page article titled "OPERATION li^S".-. If- tells how Australian ... | 

3ts anid leading Astronomers are preparing' fox the coining 1-Iars Oppos- 
A famoiis French Astronomer de G.Vaucouleurs (llarsian student) is / 
?nt in Australia and is playing a major part in preparing the Tele* 

/nd" other intinneni-s on 1-lount Stromno(no't sure of mount spelling). . j 

\n extremely interesting article , The possibility of IViarsian life J 

'^-igent beings and the possibility- that that it is the base, of the .'I 

' . |cers is openly discussed. Order your copy now, this issue is not | 

\e in New z.eal-.’.nc! . 


2^ -title of a recent publication recently purchased by C.SoIofrom 
. filers. 13/6 Tills book or bound' magazine on good quality paper 
3fsf up to date series of articles by Willy Lee Br Weriiher Von Braun 
z Haber Hugo GerrbauCk and others prominent in this field. Also has j 

on at r*?ar of Flying Saucers* Publishers Sidgwick and Jackson. I 

ally well illustrated. 


, j.dent of C.S.Io Las recently given on request a series of lectures 
ing Saucers" to a. number of societies and private gatherings at 
nt homes in Auckland. These s.ddresses have meet with great re sp once 
tures up to date have been confined to a sui'jmary of all aspects of 
aic.f lacer lectures will deal with specified aspects, Recuests have 
de by those societies addresses for further lectures on the subject, 
uests will be net with plea,sure wherever possible. 


TEL^ pci-rties may consider that the Sub of £I asked by C.SoI. for fin- 
aember&hlp is rat] high, we do not deny this, however, you v/ill 
ate that the cost of resea,rch is high as is the cost of all forms 
ted matter* C.S.I, will remain a non-profit organization, all funds 
ir-8cted to materializing our pl£vn-3 aims and objectives. 

Official li^azine 

8 who wish to rem.aln as subscribers to the nadazine only, please 
thoX su b script io-'i is now (7/- per 4 issues, and if you have received 
sues, 3'-our renewal sub is overdue. Financial members will receive 
opies Ox the i'laga.'mne quarterly, check 'now, if you v/ish further copies 
Ing Saucers '■ C , S , I , ‘ s of f i ci al mogazi ne. 


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Dear Sir, 

sanoePB* Incittiry, 

Tour paper on "Flying SnuoerE" has been of great interest, and 
I thank you for eendirig me a copy# 

Th® BUhiect is certainly not a new one; never thole b^ 5, it always 
appears to prcBent a n©v- aspect full of Interest anfi njy8te3?y# 

a\P* BHAKD. 

Sinister in Charge of Civil Aviation, 

Itonaiour Maurice Lehiron, 
ia. Place Joffre# 

Frena® » 


23 August, 1956 


Bear Sir, 

I was Interested to read your l*lle on the IJelson saucers 
and congrattilate you on the amount of worfe put into the 
investigation and the intelligent way it was written up* 

Of course^ the enqula?y was really hamstrung by the inability 
to ex€snine the original negatives* 

I have returned the 3 positives to Mr* Gibbons and 
have no reason, at present, for pursuing the matter further* 

Your file is returned and I thanlc you for the 
opportunity to read it* 

Yours faithfully. 

(H*E* GOIDIKG ^ . 
for wing CtKmnander, 


Mr# K»M# Gri’b’bons, 

C/— Pliysical Laboratoawr* 


23 August, 1956 

Dear Sir, 

Thank you for your letter of the 8 August and I was 
inte^sted to see the positives you enclosed* As your 
experience has been so well publicised in the past 2 
years I do not think anything would he gained hy flirther 

The three positives are retailed herewith and 1 
thank you for allowing me to see them* 

Yours faithfully. 

(R*E* GOXDiXJa, Sqn*. 
for Wing Ckxnmander, 



1st, August, 1956c 

Th^ wij*ector. 

Air Force Intelligence Section, 

Ai Dep artment , 

^Wellingtono ^ . i. ' • ^ m ■ • ^ . jn ■ 

Si. r ‘ f ' ' 

•^A few'weeks ago 'l; savi? a meipber of . J' our ’staff . and promised to leave 
the accompanying file of inf ormatlon^with ybii for perusal. /. 

I wishats contents to be treated as strictly confidential, but 
you a^e.c^f course at liberty to investigate the matter further if you 
so desire in fact I really think that someone in authority such as^ 
yourselves should have a look at this story and the original negatives, 
or duplicates, or prints or positives made from themo 

I think that it is wiser that the file' should be eventually 
returned to me owing to the personal nature of much of its contents o 
You have my permission to retain the file for three months and 
to copy any of my material for your own records. In regard to the 
material which is strictly not mine , which includes the unpublished 
versions of the Gibbons incident by Messrs. <libbons and 
the copying of this is your own concern. The unaddressed and unsigned 
letter at the beginning of the file may be retained if you so desire. 

It was written on the off chance that I could once more obtain the 
attention of the Director of the Garter Observatory or some other 
body interested in the incident. 

The file was made for my own information as a record of my invest-, 
-igation of Ithe affair with the result that in places it may appear 
irrelevant. I have however made an effort to edit and rearrange the 
material so that it would be readable to people unacquainted with the 
controversy. It has been suggested to me that I try and condense the 
file before showing it to you and remove the record of intrigue 
regarding the missing negatives. I am afraid that I hav^not the time 
to do this , and secondly I think that it is undesirable as a telephone 
call to the Director of the Carter Observatory would soon acquaint 
you with at least some of the details of the controversy over the 
missing negatives. I do not think that any purpose would be served 
in taking the story to the Carter Observatory a second time as 1 do 
notihink that they are interested to any extent, even though they have 
only seen a small fraction of .the contents of this file. The Carter 
Observatory is mentioned in this file and also the Royal •Astronomical 
Society of New Zealand of which I am a member, and also statements by 
by prominent members of that ^^ociety. For this reason I do not wish 
any of the contents of this file to be made available to the Carter 
Observatory which is also the headquarters of the I^oyal Astronomical 
Society of New Zealand. 

I do not consider the photographs claimed to have been taken by 
Mr. Gibbons of flying saucers to contain much information regarding 
the physiizal design of flying saucers if such objects really exist, 
but on the other hand they would seem to possibly contain unique • 
information regarding the type of li^t emitted, and general behavioui 
when in a stationary position and prior to movement. The first matter 
however is to prove the genuineness or otherwise of the photographs. 

I have contacted Mr. Gibbons and he has promised to l^ d me 
positives made from the three original negatives ooveri'flgy^h^ 
field of view of the camera, and from which the three/ enl4te&^ents 
on Fage 14 were made. I will try and arrange to meet YAm 
where I work and wh^ere I understand that he now has ibd^^gs ^^d 
collect these positives. I will try and do this duringyjtn^n^t weekj 
Mr. Gibbons has informed me that as far as he. is awareyvth^rive 
original negatives still exist and are in Nelson , presumably in the 
custody of .No one seems to have been interested in the 

two with poor density, so I obtain the impression that it is quite 
possible that these two have never even been printed. I do noL think 
that Mr. Gibbons will have any objection .to seeing you if required 
provided that it is outside his working hourSo 

Air gorce Interiigerice Sep g ion, 

Ai r Department , 

'WellingtOHo ^ ^ . 

Sir, ^ , r , • ■ - o ^ ^ M . Jo • 

• A few weeks ago I. s&ff a meipber of our ^ staff . and. promt is e(^ to leave 
the accompanying file of inf ortn at ion ''With ybii for perusal, 

I wishats contents to be treated as strictly confidential, but 
you a^e . cJf course at liberty to investigate the matter further if you 
so desire in fact I really think that someone in authority such as 
yourselves should have a look at this story and the original negatives, 
or duplicates, or prints or positives made from themo 

I think that it is wiser that the file' should be eventually 
returned to me owing to the personal nature of much of its contentso 
You have my permission to retain the file for three months and 
to copy any of my material for your own records. In regard to the 
material which is strictly not mine , which includes the unpublished 
versions of the Gibbons incident by Messrs. Gibbons and 
the copying of this is your own concern. The unaddressed and unsigned 
letter at the beginning of the file may be retained if you so desire. 

It was written on the off chance that I could once more obtain the 
attention of the Director of the Garter Observatory or some other 
body interested in the incident. 

The file was made for my own information as a record of my invest- 
-igaticn of ‘the affair with the result that in places it may appear 
irrelevant, I have however made an effort to edit and rearrange the 
material so that it would be readable to people unacquainted with the 
controversy. It has been suggested to me that I try and condense the 
filic before showing It to you and remove the record of intrigue 
regarding the missing negatives. I am afraid that I hav^ot the time 
to do this , and secondly I think that it is undesirable as a telephone 
call to the Director of the Carter Observatory would soon acquaint , 
you with at least some of the details of the controversy over the 
missing negatives. I do not think that any purpose would be served \ 
in taking the story to the Carter Observatory a second time as I do \ 
not think that they are interested to any extent, even though they have* 
only seen a small fraction of -the contents of this file. The Carter \ 
0bservato3?y is mentioned in this file and also the Royal Astronomical 1 
Society of New Zealand of which I am a member, and also statements by 1 
by prominent members of that Society. For this reason I do not wish i 
any of the contents of this file to be made available to the Carter 
Observatory which is also the headquarters of the F^oyal Astronomical \ 
Society of New Zealand. | 

I do not consider the photographs claimed to have been taken by 
Mr. Gibbons of flying saucers to contain much information regarding 
the physical design of flying saucers if such objects really exist, 
but on the other hand they would seem to possibly contain unique 
information regarding the type of light emitted, and general behavioui 
when in a stationary position and prior to movement. The first matter 
however is to prove the genuineness or otherwise of the photographs, i 
I have contacted Mr. Gibbons and he has promised to lend me 1 

positives made from the three original negatives ooveri‘flg’*^hr« whole ' 
field of view of the camera, and from which the three/^nl^teements 
on Page 14 were made. I will try and arrange to meet hum sti/reine 
where I work and where I understand that he now has lod^^gs jfid 
collect these positives. I will try and do this during;;^^^ n^t week^ 
Mr. Gibbons has informed me that as far as he is aware^TcTre^Ti 
original negatives still exist and are in Nelson , presumably in the 
custody of _ . No one seems to have been interested in the 

two with poor density, so I obtain the impression that it is quite 
possible that these two have never even been printed. I do noL think 
that Mr. Gibbons will have any objection .to seeing you if required 
provided that it is outside his v/orking hours. 

I have never seen the original negatives to date or any record of 
the full field of view of the original negatives either prior to their 
alleged theft or since they have been recovered. 

I wish to apologize for the many typing errors in this filej I hav 


corrected as many of these errors as possihle. I ’do not claim to be 
tvoist and X have had to do much of this work myself .ly sister 
hSped'me .considerably once but . latterly sh^ .has been busy with oth. 

I Reman, 

f ours aithfully , 


9th, August, 1956; 

The .rector, 

Air Force Intelligence Section, 

Air Dept, 

Sir, rccTfirdinff Mr. Gibbons's saucer photographs j 

In reference to lile regard g - „^„vit and was given the enclosec^ 

I Visited his 3,,led letter w^ich I enclole. ^ I 

three positives ^hd also the s a positives for several 

Mr, Gibbons said that you could keep une p ^ 

- Mr. Gibbons said that the po^t^es ^^^'•^aSil^lons I 

field of view of the original ”®Satives. I na e saucer | 

based on the presumption that the ho riz ^^teenths of an inch as stat 

images on the origibal negatives was three ®^^teentns^oi^^^^. ^ 

t o brfOT VOU to have a talk with Mr. Gibbons yourselves if you are 
rLlly interested in the matter and persuade him to get y-he origina 
T^a-Li^ xuucx Melson Tor your inspection. - otiinK 

tbit ft loSd*re wise for you not^to 'display -W file Jn 

as I am not beli'eve*uiat°l told him this long ago. I also 

photographs , althoug + .? i-'h M-r Gibbons last night that the 

rrSlfafneSTvfs ^rr^^of IvlntiSlf re^rfe^ed through^the service^ 
of 8 solicitor but were obtained b.;^, _ • 

I Bemain,. 

Yours Faithfully, 




: R.N.Z.A.F. Station m&ram 

: Air Department Wellington 

DATE: : 15th August, 1956 

REF. : WIG.C10/1/AIR. 



1. Further to Air Department signal AI 492 , reports fVoa the two pilots 
Goncernsd. are fai*wai^ed witliout cooiment* 







Wing Oorainander COTmanding 
R. K. Z* A* P. Stat ion Wigram 

' U 


TO; 0.0. P.T.W. 

sictHtiwg op ukidektieied object 

1. At 091+5 hours on the 10th August, 1956 I^^s flying 
with San Ldr. Roe in a Hai*vard from Wigram. During our 
■PI iffht at anoroximately 100G hours > I noticed a very 

70 n.m.s. 

2. The shape of the bright patch appeared round and the 
height around 20,000 feet. 

3 We carried on with the exercise and on rejoini^ the 

circuit I noticed the object again, in the 
This time it appeared to be larger and 

shape. I again called Sqn. Ldr. Roe’s attention to it. we 
then joined the circuit and landed. 

h. I would not care to make any suggestion as to what tl 

Object was. 

Plying Officer. 

1l+th August, 1956. 


TO; 0*C. P,T,W. 


1, At approximately 0955 hours on 10th August, 1956 while 
flying in the local area in a Harvard aircraft my student 

Pg, Off. Currin asked me if I could identify a shining object 
inland. Following his directions I located what appeared to 
be a solid object reflecting sun rays bearing approximately 
north , which appeared to be well above the mountains in that 

2, Throughout the remainder of the detail I subsequently 
saw tie object/ illusion on several occasions in approximately 
the sjime position until about 1040 hours when we descended into 
the Ifze layer above the airfield. 

5,-, i I would say the object/illusion was roughly circular in 
fo, nr but would hesitate to put size or exact shape to it as the 
of observation was considerable. By comparison with 
tr^^^wn distance to mountains I would be inclined to put range 
" \ve 40 miles and height above 15,000 feet. 

j J consider possible explanations as follows:- 

(a) Reflection of sun rays from silver aircraft. 

This is rather improbable owing to lengthy 

5 period of observation in a stationary position. 

(b) Sun reflection from snow or ice* Again Improbable 
since the sighting appeared considerably higher 
than mountains. in the area and was well detached 
from visible peaks. 

(c; Some reflected illusion of the mirage variety. 

Q.C. C.P.S. 

' 956 . 


ligs. 52 (Smaii) 




Office Serial No.. 
Registry File No. 

R.N.Z.A.F.--Form 683 b 



Registry File No. 


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From : 


Serial No. and Date: 

10 AUO 56 35/10 



Time Received: 

Repeated : 

Time Despatched: 

AI 16 


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1001152 ._ 

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Action copy. J3 

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Control Gwbre 


11 o’clock this morning C.O. Woodboume 
reported a silver object travelling K to ^ 

25,000 to 55,000 feet . Seen by a number of people 


Ko aircraft or balloons in the area. 

If you require further information please ring 
C.O. Woodboume.